The development of the “Metaverse” seems to continue unabated. Now some details of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the social network of the future have come to light. In particular, the parent company Meta has now commented on the hardware. For example, the VR glasses should be able to interpret facial expressions of the user and transfer them into virtual reality.
Four VR headsets in planning
Apparently, Meta wants to offer four different VR headsets at once as it builds up its in-house metaverse. These are probably essential for using the network. The first model is to be launched in September 2022, the rest is to follow by 2026 according to the roadmap. We do not yet know a proper name for the first officially presented key to virtual reality. Meta simply calls it “Cambria” and already provides some exciting information about the device. The headset is supposed to have special sensors that can read your facial expressions. These should then be transferred to your “second self” in the Metaverse.
The VR headset also seems to have promising hardware on board. So-called pancake lenses are supposed to provide a high resolution, for example. Since you will probably read a lot of texts in the Metaverse, unlike in games, this is quite appropriate. Of course, the whole thing has its price. The Information” speculates that the VR headset will cost just under 800 US dollars. Although the project “Cambria” is not even on the market yet, Meta is apparently already working at full speed on the successor. This is still a book with seven seals, but already bears the project name “Fuston”.
Successor to the Oculus Quest 2 in the works
Meta seems to be planning quite a bit in the field of VR glasses. Thus, the big tech company is said to be currently working not only on “Cambria” and its successor “Fuston”. On top of that, a successor to the popular Oculus Quest 2 is also said to be in the works. Whether this will simply be called Quest 3 or will have a different name is still uncertain. Meta is also working on the two VR headsets “Stinson” and “Cardiff”. These are to be launched in the next two years. But Meta does not seem to be asleep when it comes to augmented reality (AR). Two AR glasses are to be launched in 2024. Unlike VR glasses, these will be able to be worn in everyday life. We already know the project names here as well. The entry-level model will be the “Hypernova” AR glasses. However, these rely on a smartphone. In contrast, a more expensive model called “Nazare AR” is supposed to work without a smartphone.
While the basic idea of the metaverse understandably divides opinions, the associated hardware certainly sounds exciting. This is not only the case with the VR headsets, but also the AR glasses. Meta wants to include a special wristband with its glasses for everyday use. This is supposed to determine muscle currents of the wearer, which is to be used as a control option. The plans for the glasses also already seem to be in place. The second generation of AR devices is to be launched in 2026. In turn, version 3.0 is to be launched in 2028. And that’s not all. Meta also wants to launch suitable wearables and even a smartwatch. However, these are probably only rumors for the time being.