On 29 of October 2021, CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Meta, which bring together all of their apps and technologies under one new company brand.
The Metaverse will feel Like a hybrid of today´s online social experiences, sometimes expanded into three dimensions or projected into the physical world. It promises to let you share immersive experiences with other people even when you can’t be together and do things that couldn’t be done in the physical world.
Facebook’s annual Connect conference brings together augmented and virtual reality developers, content creators, marketers, and others to celebrate the industry’s momentum and growth. This year’s virtual event explored what experiences in the metaverse could feel like over the next decade, from social connection, entertainment, fitness, work, education, and commerce.
To begin the journey, a new extension called Horizon Home was created which opens up a social environment for users of the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset which allows to bring friends together though a customized social space and messenger VR calls.
New tools were announced to help people build for this metaverse, including Presence Platform, which will enable new mixed reality experiences for the Oculus Quest virtual reality Headset. It includes a suite of AI tools for developers that make the mixed reality experience more immersive, helping to combine the virtual world with physical reality.
There will also be a unifying account along with the separate Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram accounts. In this way, if you don’t have to use Facebook, you won’t be forced to have one in order to log into the metaverse. That also technically that you won’t have to sign up for Facebook to use an Oculus device.
During the keynote, Zuckerberg revealed a brief sneak peek at a next-generation all-in-one VR headset currently known as project Cambria.
It will not be a Quest 2 replacement or even a Quest 3, instead, it’s a high-end device with an advanced sensor platform for VR for improvised social presence. It would likely have a thinner, lighter profile using pancake optics (which means that it will have a compact design).
It would also be designed to work with the Presence Platform so that I could allow people to have real-seeming eye contact in virtual spaces and more realistic facial expressions.
And not least, the Oculus brand will exist early next year, so the headset will become the Meta Quest.
Meta is also working on a pair of AR glasses called Nazare, a truly full-fledged augmented reality (AR) glasses, and so far it is a research project.
The team is currently working on making its form-factor and experience perfect for consumers. This entails developing custom hologram displays, projectors, batteries, radios, custom silicon chips, cameras, speakers, as well as sensors, to map the world around each user and more into the glasses that jest measure 5mm inches.
The belief is that in the future this type of headwear will become as ubiquitous as smartphones are today