June 18, 2021

Mozilla Foundation Introduces Firefox Reality, New Web Browser For AR and VR Headsets

From a Mozilla Announcement:

Today we are proud to announce Firefox Reality, a new web browser designed from the ground up for stand-alone virtual and augmented reality headsets. We took our existing Firefox web technology and enhanced it with Servo, our experimental web engine.

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In the coming weeks, we will release regular updates on our work, including:

  • Details of the design process, from paper sketches to headset prototyping
  • Sneak peeks of Firefox Reality running on a variety of pre-release headsets
  • New capabilities for artists, designers, and developers of immersive experiences
  • Integration of Servo, along with experimental extensions to the WebGL graphics APIs
  • An experimental computer vision pipeline using WebAssembly
  • Device, gesture, and voice interaction features

Read the Complete Announcement

In Their Own Words From the moz://a Blog:

Why is this important?

This is the first cross-platform browser for mixed reality.

Other solutions for browsing and accessing the web on stand-alone headsets exist, but they are closed, and platform specific. Firefox Reality will be independent and will work on a wide variety of devices and platforms.

This is the only open source browser for mixed reality.

Just like our Firefox browser for the desktop, all of Firefox Reality is open source. Not only does this make it easier for manufacturers to add the browser to their platform, but it provides a level of transparency that our users have come to know and expect from Mozilla.

Read the Complete Blog Post

See Also: Firefox VR Website and Blog

See Also: Firefox Mixed Reality Twitter Stream

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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