Niantic Labs CEO posts a teaser image of some AR glasses

Augmented reality headsets could lead to hands-free 'Pokémon Go' and much more.

Jon Hanke (Twitter)

Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke has been talking up the potential of augmented reality via high-tech glasses since at least 2017, and his company is getting closer to making that a reality. Today Hanke tweeted out an intriguing teaser image that looks like a close view of AR glasses, complete with lenses and a small speaker. So far it's unclear whether these will try to expand on the path of Google Glass and HoloLens, or whether they're intended for audio-only augmentation like Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo Frames.

In 2019 Niantic announced a partnership with Qualcomm to work on AR glasses, before clarifying that it had "no plans" to make its own hardware and is actually building reference designs that others might manufacture. Since then, it's acquired a startup to help enable its world-scale AR plans, and announced an expanded partnership with Nintendo that will include a new Pikmin game it's launching soon.