head meta* Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook* Video of the next generation VR headset supporting virtual and augmented reality applications. In development, the device is called Project Cambria, and its release could be later this year.
Unlike existing augmented reality headsets like the HoloLens 2 and Magic Leap 2, which have transparent lenses that feed in a holographic image, Cambria is a full VR system with high-resolution cameras – they deliver a high-quality color image and additional graphics overlaid on top . Quest 2 works the same, except for the black and white cameras and grainy images. Similar solutions have existed before, but have only been used on professional headsets with high price tags — the Varjo XR-3 model is $5495 plus $1495 a year for software support.
It’s likely that Cambria will be positioned as a device for professional activities: Mr. Zuckerberg said in an interview last year that the new-generation headset will reflect his vision of the work metaverse. In the demo video, the Cambria served as an extension of the work monitors, but was also used for fitness activities.
The app development for the next-gen headset is based on the Presence platform, which is also supported on Quest 2. In addition, the demo app The World Beyond will be released soon, which will implement the main functions of the mixed reality platform App-Lab for Quest 2.
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