Meta unveils another part of its view of the metaverse with a new AR/VR headset

Meta–what we’re supposed to call Facebook now–would have you believe that it’s building THE capital-M metaverse. It’s not. It’s building a metaverse, one of an infinite number we’ll see popping up over the next few years. Don’t conflate where in the internet is going with Web3 with what Meta is doing.

Still, Meta is a tech powerhouse with a lot of money. It needs to stake out territory in the New Internet if it hopes to survive. AR and VR are a big part of Meta’s plans.

This week at an event called Meta Connect 2022, the company introduced the Meta Quest Pro, a US$1,500/CAD$2,2299 headset aimed at both deep-pocketed early adopters and developers who are working on AR/VR/metaverse/Web3 projects.

The Meta Quest Pro is wireless and features advanced optics and is around the size of a set of ski goggles–a great improvement on previous neck-destroying headsets. Take a look at how it works. Additional details here. And here’s a critique of the new tech.

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