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Mark Zuckerberg Demos Cambria VR, Pixelates Out Headset

Mark Zuckerberg Demos Cambria VR, Pixelates Out Headset
  • Mark Zuckerberg has released a demo video of the high-end VR headset Meta Cambria.
  • The video shows the Cambria screen, but the headset itself is cut off.
  • Virtual reality devices like the Cambria are key to Zuckerberg’s metaverse ambitions.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shown off a new virtual reality headset the company plans to release later this year — but he doesn’t want you to actually see the new tech just yet.

Zuckerberg posted a video using “Project Cambria,” a high-end virtual reality headset the company first tracked in October when it rebranded itself from Facebook to Meta.

Although the physical Cambria headset is engraved in the video, it shows the headset screen from Zuckerberg’s point of view.

Zuckerberg describes the experience as a “mixed reality,” with the headset integrating the real world around it into the screen.

In the video, he’s playing with a tiny cartoon creature, pulling up a virtual workstation, and having a virtual fitness trainer carried into the room.

Virtual and mixed reality hardware is key to Zuckerberg’s ambition to turn the Meta into a metaverse — the metaverse points to a future version of the internet accessed primarily through immersive technologies like VR.

Reuters reported Thursday that Reality Labs, the division of Meta that develops its own virtual reality devices, has announced to employees that it will cut spending.

A Meta spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that Chief Technology Officer Andrew Bosworth told employees that the division would no longer be able to take on some projects.

Meta has already spent a huge amount of money in Reality Labs. The division has posted a net loss of $6.2 billion over the past two quarters.

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