The current generation Meta specs feature a camera and microphone for sending and receiving messages.
However, the next generation of Meta smart glasses will likely have a built-in "viewfinder" display to merge the virtual and physical worlds, allowing users to scan QR codes, read messages, and more.
Meta wants to bring AR glasses into the mix. This means the AR glasses must be built for everyday use and optimised to take on an industrial design that looks good but can pack enough tech to ensure a good experience.
As it stands, mixed-reality headsets are bulky and take on an extensive profile. Meta's fully AR glasses would be thinner and sleeker.
The new partnership between companies means that MediaTek will help co-develop custom silicon with Meta, built specifically for AR use cases and the glasses.
MediaTek brings expertise in developing low-power, high-performance SoCs that can fit within small parameters, like in the frame in a pair of AR glasses.