From September, a VR headset from Meta will transfer disgust or joy to virtual worlds. Four new devices are planned for the time being. In September 2022, Meta plans to release a new virtual reality headset, previously known under the project name Cambria.
Cambria is the only one of these headsets that have already been officially introduced. Among other things, it is to receive sensors with which the facial expression of the wearer can be recorded and transferred to an avatar in the virtual world.
This is currently only available in a limited form, for example, with Vive's Facial Tracker, which can primarily track and record mouth movements.
Newly developed pancake lenses should ensure such a high image quality that you can read the text of e-mails in the virtual world.
According to The Information, Cambria will cost around $800. Meta is already working on a successor under the project name Funston, which should come onto the market in 2024. Technical details are not available.
Work is also underway on successors to Quest 2, which has been available since October 2020. A device called Stinson is planned for 2023 and another called Cardiff is planned for 2024.
In addition to the classic VR headsets, Meta is also said to be working on two augmented reality glasses for everyday use, both of which are scheduled to appear in 2024: A rather expensive model called Nazare AR, which can run alone, and a cheaper one that only works when paired with a smartphone Alternative with the project name Hypernova.
Control by muscle current
With both, a new type of operation should be possible via a differential electromyography bracelet. With this technology, the current flow of the nerve fibers in the muscle is evaluated.
When a muscle is relaxed, little or no current flows through the corresponding nerve fibers. If it is tense, the current flow increases. The sensor measures these changes - and Meta wants to use that to operate the glasses.
Meta apparently plans to release a revision of the two devices in 2026, with a third new edition coming onto the market two years later. The company is also rumored to be working on other wearables, such as a smartwatch planned for 2022.