A patent application released Thursday shows Facebook (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report is planning to implement some high-tech breakthroughs in the virtual reality glasses it wants to create.

The VR glasses will let users see virtual objects in the real world using a "waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner." The display will use computer-generated elements to "augment views of a physical, real-world environment." Wearers will be able to use the glasses to display images and videos or connect to speakers and headphones to play audio. Business Insider first reported the news. 

The waveguide technology Facebook is using is similar to Microsoft Corp's (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report HoloLens AR headset and the VR glasses Magic Leap, an Alphabet-backed (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report startup, is producing.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called VR the next major computing platform that could replace smartphones and even traditional personal computers. Facebook plans to spend billions of dollars on VR in the coming years.

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