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Meta advances in a video how their VR viewers will look | Digital Trends Spanish

Meta recently showcased a futuristic-looking VR headset concept in a metaverse promotional video. There’s no confirmation that this is an actual product in development, but the new device is clearly much more advanced than a Quest headset and even thinner than the next cambria headset.

Fingertip sensors are also displayed and can help quickly pinpoint finger location with high accuracy, as well as provide haptic feedback.

These glimpses of the future were found as part of Meta’s pattern of posting a few videos each month depicting near-term hardware and others a bit further into future VR headsets.

In the more futuristic video, Meta imagines a time when the metaverse could have a rendering quality that’s indistinguishable from reality, or maybe the company just took artistic license. There is little doubt that this will be possible one day, but it is hard to say when it might happen. Three practical examples of the metaverse were given in the video.

By attending a lecture that can be accessed through the metaverse, students will be able to be physically present or teleport to a seat and the teacher can manipulate 3D virtual objects, such as a biological cell, to discuss its metabolism. The cell can be thrown at a student and examined more closely as it is in the process of dividing.

A little further on, a medical student performs surgery on a virtual patient using an advanced VR headset and fingertip sensors that could provide greater precision and haptic feedback. This type of training, which can be repeated hundreds or thousands of times, would be very useful before moving on to corpses to gain practical experience.

Finally, Meta’s concept video demonstrates that history comes alive with modern students visiting ancient Rome and watching Mark Antony engage in a debate about the flaws and merits of Julius Caesar as ruler. Students can walk around and examine the scene as if it were really there.

Another video illustrates the current state of virtual reality and how a father and daughter can connect while fishing despite being separated by nearly 2,000 miles. Meta didn’t identify the app, however, it appears to be Real VR Fishing, a multiplayer fishing simulation that’s available right now for the Quest and Quest 2 VR headsets for $20. That’s right, the metaverse is already here in some ways.

While the potential of the future metaverse is certainly very attractive, a lot of work needs to be done before this vision becomes a reality. Early versions of classrooms, hands-on training, and historical locations already exist in various applications and are well done within the limitations of current hardware. The near future and what will be possible with more advanced headphones remains to be seen.

The wait won’t be long as Meta’s Cambria, a more expensive VR headset, is expected to be produced later this year. It will be interesting to see how well Cambria from Meta can represent the early metaverse and how immersive the experience could be.

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