Google is reportedly preparing an operating system (OS) aka a special operating system for devices that use augmented reality (AR) technology. This news came through a Linkedin post from Mark Lukovsky about information on job vacancies opened by Google.
Mark Lucovsky is Senior Director of Engineering, AR Operating Systems (chief engineer OS team for AR) at Google. From Marx Lukovsky’s Linkedin account, it is known that he previously served as General Manager of the OS team for Oculus VR devices for four years. Previously, he had also worked at Microsoft for 16 years.
In the LinkedIn post, Lucovsky explained that he currently has the role of leading the OS team for AR at Google. In addition to mentioning his role, Lukovsky also shared a Google Career link in the post.
Based on observations on Google Career, Friday (12/17/2021), it turns out that the link contains information on new job vacancies that Google has opened with many positions being offered. One of the positions offered is Senior Software Developer, Embedded, Augmented Reality OS.
From the job description for the position, it is known that Google is building software components for use in AR products and devices. Furthermore, Google also said that this team is the first team to work with the new AR device. Another explanation of this Google preparation, also appears in job descriptions in different positions.
For example, in the position of Senior Software Engineer, Camera, Augmented Reality OS, Google explained that prospective new employees will later be responsible for the entire camera software for innovative AR devices.
In addition, at Senior Software Developer Tech Lead, Input, Augmented Reality, Google said that this position is responsible for leading and developing input software that will be used in AR devices.
In general, these positions require skills such as mastery of the Linux kernel, and experience developing RTOS (real-time operating systems). The position will be placed in Google’s United States and Belgium offices.
The position that will fill the OS team for AR, is directly under the Devices & Services team responsible for Pixel, Nest, and other hardware. Although the job description for the position indicated that Google was preparing an OS for AR devices, the company did not elaborate further on what new AR devices it would be working on.
So far, Google’s last AR device was Google Glass 2 which was released in 2019. Google Glass itself is a smart glasses that is equipped with various features, one of which is voice commands and a camera.