(ANSA) – MILAN, AUGUST 26 – Meta will launch its next virtual reality viewer in October, the first specifically designed for the metaverse, with the code name Project Cambria. The period coincides with the Connect conference dedicated to the news of Meta both in terms of software and hardware.
Group CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the timing in an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify. Zuckerberg said that the new VR headset, successor to the popular Oculus 2, will focus on the “social presence” of users, with eye-tracking and face-tracking capabilities, ie monitoring and precise reproduction of the gaze and facial movements of those who wears it.
The admin stated that the device is designed to capture users’ facial expressions and replicate them on their avatars in real time to enhance non-verbal communication. He also specified that if Meta’s augmented reality glasses are still a few years away, in the field of virtual reality the projects have progressed more quickly, also due to the work already done by Oculus, the company behind the Quests that Meta-Facebook acquired in 2014. In July, a Bloomberg report found that the Oculus iPhone app code hides the viewer’s likely final name, Meta Quest Pro. In Joe Rogan’s podcast, Zuckerberg repeatedly pointed out the fact that virtual reality can “unlock” the feeling of being with another person, even on the other side of the world. “When we are on a video call we don’t really feel the presence of others.
For me, virtual reality must instead convince the brain that you are together with someone. “The announcement of the new headset in October comes weeks after Meta has raised the price of the current Oculus 2, with which Americans and Canadians can already access Horizon World, the company’s metaverse. (ANSA).