Thursday September 29, 2022

According to Meta, the VR roadmap for Meta includes four new headsets. They include both high-end and lower-cost Quest units

We did a deep dive into Mark Zuckerberg’s grand metaverse plan and some of the hardware Meta is working to deliver it. The Information now reports on a roadmap of virtual reality hardware that runs through 2024. It includes four headsets, including the previously-teased Project Cambria VR headset. The Information also claims that Meta plans on releasing Project Cambria in September. The updated version, codenamed Funston, will follow in 2024.
Sources also suggest that the first Project Cambria will be priced at $799. This is significantly higher than the $299/$399 price for Quest VR headsets. According to Information, a spokesperson for Meta told the outlet that Cambria’s price would be “significantly more.” It offers a high-resolution image quality, which is clear enough to read text. This allows you to type code or emails within the VR environment.
The headset is affordable and has a high-resolution display. It will run Meta’s Android OS. It will also have processing power similar to a low-end laptop. Cambria’s main selling point should be its ability manage full-color passthrough to mixed reality. It also has a larger battery than the Quest 2, which makes it more comfortable to wear. There are sensors inside that can track the user’s eye movements and facial expressions to map to their virtual avatar.
The Information reports that the Quest headset will be released in two versions, codenamed Stinson or Cardiff. Release dates are currently set for 2023 or 2024.
The Nazare AR glasses will be released in 2024 along with the Hypernova smart glasses, which are cheaper, and a differential electromyography wristband that would allow wearers to control them via thoughts. Alex Heath reports Project Nazare can be used without a smartphone and will not need to be paired with an app store. Hypernova will allow users to display notifications and messages on a heads up display. The second revision of the high-end AR glasses will be available in 2026. You can see why Zuckerberg is spending so much money on creating this product roadmap when you combine it with Meta’s recent acquisitions and the smartwatch we expect will be seen this year.

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