Meta recently premiered a futuristic-looking VR headset concept in a Metaverse promotional video.. There is no confirmation that this is an actual product in development, but the new device is clearly far more advanced than a Quest headset and even slimmer than the upcoming Cambria headset.
Of the sensors at your fingertips they are also displayed and could quickly identify the position of the fingers with high accuracy, as well as provide tactile feedback.
These glimpses of the future were found in structure of the Meta model to publish some videos every month that represent short-term material and others, a little more distant towards future VR headsets.
In the more futuristic video, Meta imagines a time the Metaverse might have making quality indistinguishable from reality, or maybe the company has just taken the artistic license. There is no doubt that one day it will be possible, but it is difficult to say when it will happen. Three practical examples of the Metaverse were given in the video.
During a course accessible through the Metaverse, students can be physically present or teleport to a place and the professor can manipulate virtual 3D objects, such as a biological cell, to discuss its metabolism. The cell can be thrown at a student and examined more closely as it divides.
Real use cases
A little further on, a medical student practices operating on a virtual patient using an advanced VR headset and touch sensors that could provide greater accuracy and tactile feedback. This type of training, which can be repeated hundreds or thousands of times, would be very helpful before moving on to cadavers for a hands-on experience.
Finally, Meta’s concept video shows history come to life with modern students visiting ancient Rome and watching Marcus Anthony engage in a debate on the flaws and merits of Julius Caesar as ruler. Students can walk around and examine the scene as if they were there.
Another video illustrates the current state of virtual reality and how a father and daughter can connect while fishing, despite being nearly 3,000km apart. Meta hasn’t identified the app, but it appears to be Real VR Fishing, a multiplayer fishing simulation available now for VR Quest and Quest 2 headsets. And yes, the Metaverse is already here. .
While the potential for the future Metaverse is certainly very tempting, there is still a long way to go before this vision becomes a reality. Early versions of classrooms, hands-on training and historical places already exist in various applications and are well done within the limits of current hardware. The near future and what will be possible with more advanced helmets remains to be seen.
The wait won’t last long as Meta’s Cambria, a more expensive VR headset, will be out later this year. It will be interesting to see how well the Meta Cambria can accomplish the first Metaverses and how engaging the experience can be.