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Check out first looks at Meta’s VR headset

Dubbed “Chromebook for the face.”

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jun 5, 2022

Meta has shared some first looks of Project Cambria VR Headset, which many news outlets have been calling a “Chromebook for the Face.” The high-end VR Headset features mixed-reality functions and could potentially be Meta’s most powerful headset, with advanced functions and specs that can be found in its Chromebook.

 

What we know so far

Meta’s Quest and Cambria share many similar functionalities, but the difference is the addition of mixed-reality features that the company describes as “full-collar passthrough.” The mixed-reality feature enhances the views of surroundings by giving high-resolution images of the outside world using outward-facing cameras.

 

This VR headset is not only aimed at gamers, but instead, it is targeting a more general population and can potentially be integrated into everyday life.

 

Meta’s Presence Platform, which was unveiled last fall, was used to create the mixed-reality experience provided by this headset. Project Cambria will include considerably higher quality image sensors to make the actual world look better within the headset than current Quest headsets, which can only display content in shades of gray.

 

Project Cambria has a bigger battery than the Quest headsets, necessary for its mixed-reality feature, making it a little heavier than its predecessor. Though the fact that it is heavier makes it a harder sell, this headset is crucial for the company’s high hopes for metaverse and its integration into everyone’s life.

 

Users’ real-life expressions will be reflected on their virtual avatars thanks to facial recognition and eye-tracking technologies. Cambria, which is being marketed as a work device, will work with a variety of tools and Quest apps, allowing users to perform actions such as sending emails and other activities while wearing it.

 

It’s important to mention that the headset is planned to run on Android, which implies that existing mobile apps may be compatible with it. However, given Android’s lack of support for large-screen devices, optimizing for web apps is probably the better option.

 

Early in the fall of 2021, Meta Quest uploaded a render of Project Cambria, however, earlier this month, it released a more fleshed-out demonstration of how Project Cambria will operate.

 

 

 

In an Instagram post, Mark Zuckerberg shared: “Project Cambria’s color passthrough technology will enable developers to build a whole new level of mixed reality experiences.”

 

Cambria will be released sometime in the fall and is said to cost $799 USD (significantly higher than Quest).

 

In related news, Meta opened its first retail store, and in case you missed it, LEGO and Epic Games create kid-friendly space in the Metaverse.

 

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