100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Meta Looks To Cutback In Reality Labs In Its Quest For Metaverse
Facebook parent Meta Platforms, Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is preparing cutbacks in its Reality Labs division to refocus on hardware products and the "metaverse," Reuters…
The perfect working holiday – Five things you need in your ‘bleisure’ toolkit
It’s the latest bit of jargon to invade our lexicon. But ‘bleisure’ – mixing a work trip with some time…
Cannes Film Festival Enters The Metaverse
Brut. brings the world’s most famous movie-release event to the digital world via the videogame Fortnite.
Google is remaking search, maps for the TikTok generation
Alphabet Inc.’s Google unveiled a series of planned upgrades to its search and maps services revealing the company’s augmented reality…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Google Is Remaking Search, Maps for the TikTok Generation
At Google I/O, the tech giant leans in on its computer vision chops and augmented reality, but don’t call it…
How privacy fears have put renewed focus on the potential ‘chilling effects’ of Facebook’s smart glasses
Flicking through the paper or listening to the radio over the past month, you might have encountered an awareness campaign…
Get all your news in one place
Latest Technology news:
Volkswagen Looking At US Sites For New Factory To Build Scout EVs
Volkswagen Group CEO acknowledged that the company is shopping for US sites for new plant; separately, CFO Arno Antlitz said…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
How to Fix Twitter—And All of Social Media
The online-speech debate pretends that we must choose between absolute freedom and centralized control. Let’s try something else.
Broadcom Tops Quarterly Targets, Confirms Acquisition Of VMware
Chipmaker and software provider Broadcom beat Wall Street's targets for its fiscal second quarter and confirmed a deal to buy…
Canon’s new APS-C mirrorless cameras are another nail in the DSLR coffin
The EOS R7 and EOS R10 round out Canon’s mirrorless camera offerings with more affordable APS-C options.
Lucid Air Is Very Roomy Inside For Its Size, Here’s How They Did It
Peter Rawlinson invites two former basketball players to illustrate the spaciousness, then proceeds to explain how it was obtained.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Sandy Munro Begins Rivian R1T Teardown, Starts By Removing The Frunk
Under the frunk Sandy finds lots of cool engineering solutions, he checks out the crash structure but as always, he…
'Metal: Hellsinger' preview: A rhythmic FPS for Doom-loving metalheads
Ahead of its 2022 release, Inverse got to go hands-on with 'Metal: Hellsinger,' a rhythm-based FPS that showcases extreme metal…

Mark Zuckerberg plays Pokémon-like AR game using Cambria headset

By Ian Campbell

Project Cambria, Meta’s next big headset on its journey to create “the metaverse,” is still slated for release later this year. Thanks to a demo shared by Mark Zuckerberg today, we now have a better idea of how it’ll improve on the Quest 2.

Project Cambria uses full-color video passthrough to create mixed reality experiences, layering the graphics you might normally see in VR onto the world around you.

Video passthrough —

Zuckerberg’s demo — with the Project Cambria headset bizarrely blurred out — shows what looks like HD video in color. He’s able to interact with a little Pokémon-esque creature (Meta’s The World Beyond app it’s showed off previously) with just his hands, throw a ball that somewhat realistically bounces off the wall, and even plunges himself into a completely virtual experience at will.

Showing you a live feed of the world around you while you’re in VR isn’t at all novel, but doing it in a way that’s actually pleasant to look at is big.

Meta’s presentation doesn’t seem photorealistic. In fact, it reminds me a lot of phone AR demos I’ve seen, but it’s a good illustration of how Meta plans to offer experiences that are like augmented reality, without having consumer-ready AR glasses.

A better Quest —

In comparison, the Quest 2 offers a grainy, black-and-white view of the world around you when you have your headset on. It’s so limited Meta mostly uses it as a safety precaution to let you know when you’re about to bump into something or to set up your play space.

Project Cambria seems like a major improvement, and even though Meta is still positioning the headset as a work tool (a “Chromebook for the face” according to people in the know) — Zuckerberg only mentions doing mixed reality yoga classes in passing — the potential for unique game experiences seems to be there.

Meta says developers will be able to try The World Beyond in App Lab soon. Project Cambria will be released later this year. The Information said in its report, the mixed reality headset would start at around $799, but a Meta spokesperson actually clarified and said it’d be more. Do reset your expectations accordingly!

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Meta Looks To Cutback In Reality Labs In Its Quest For Metaverse
Facebook parent Meta Platforms, Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is preparing cutbacks in its Reality Labs division to refocus on hardware products and the "metaverse," Reuters…
The perfect working holiday – Five things you need in your ‘bleisure’ toolkit
It’s the latest bit of jargon to invade our lexicon. But ‘bleisure’ – mixing a work trip with some time…
Cannes Film Festival Enters The Metaverse
Brut. brings the world’s most famous movie-release event to the digital world via the videogame Fortnite.
Google is remaking search, maps for the TikTok generation
Alphabet Inc.’s Google unveiled a series of planned upgrades to its search and maps services revealing the company’s augmented reality…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Google Is Remaking Search, Maps for the TikTok Generation
At Google I/O, the tech giant leans in on its computer vision chops and augmented reality, but don’t call it…
How privacy fears have put renewed focus on the potential ‘chilling effects’ of Facebook’s smart glasses
Flicking through the paper or listening to the radio over the past month, you might have encountered an awareness campaign…
Get all your news in one place