Facebook’s idea of the future includes using augmented reality glasses and ML to project a realistic digital character of a user into virtual meetings with people of their choosing. This idea will involve making technological advancements to current projection hardware and display. However, Mark Zuckerberg is confident that augmented reality can become mainstream in the next ten years.
During an interview with The Information, Mark Zuckerberg described Facebook as a company that is more interested in attending everyone globally, an aim that is just as rewarding as it is difficult to achieve.
With that focus, Facebook’s Oculus team has taken the task of creating a product that can be used for both augmented and virtual while asking the right trade-offs to bring the cost down to around $300.
Facebook’s dream goal is one where people can use mixed reality to teleport to different places for social gatherings, for both business and casual purposes.
According to Zuckerberg, the digital characters will get more realistic in time as they integrate face and eye tracking into augmented reality glasses, and overlaying information on top of the real world.
The first version of those smart glasses will be available later this year without any augmented reality overlay tech. That will be because the projector hardware and display are not small enough to blend into a normal pair of glasses, so virtual reality characters will be a stepping stone in the development of future augmented reality experiences. Mark Zuckerberg also wants these virtual characters to reach the quality levels which are possible through tools like MetaHuman from Epic.
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