BrandArena: Meta Connect 2023 Presents Quest 3, AI Advances, Next-Gen Smart Glasses, & the Road to the Metaverse

Thursday 28 September 2023

Meta Connect 2023 Presents Quest 3, AI Advances, Next-Gen Smart Glasses, & the Road to the Metaverse

For the 10th anniversary of Meta Connect, Mark Zuckerberg presented the impact of the metaverse and emerging AI technologies on how customers interact with the real and virtual worlds, as well as the advancements made by Meta in the areas of AI and augmented reality (AR) glasses.

Although AI technology is constantly evolving, many people have yet to use it. Meta is working to alter this by integrating cutting-edge AI into apps that are already used by billions of people.

EMU (Expressive Media Universe), a new image-generating model by Meta for its Llama environment, employs text cues to produce high-quality images quickly. Users can also design unique AI stickers by pairing Llama 2 with them.

Imagine replacing your TV with a fully customizable home theatre you can take with you anywhere. Or sitting around a table with friends, some of whom are in the same physical room while others are avatars of those who live miles away—and yet still feeling fully present in the same space and experience. Or a meeting where some of the avatars are embodied AIs that can help you accomplish a variety of tasks. All of that could be possible when our physical and virtual worlds come together seamlessly.

Many of the foundational technologies needed to make that vision a reality are either already here or on the way. Mixed reality lets us bring digital objects into the physical world or create fully immersive experiences to explore. Advances in AI let us create unique characters we can interact with differently. And future AR glasses will eventually bring these technologies together in a stylish form factor.

Today at Connect, Zuckerberg shared our progress on all three fronts.

Mixed Reality Goes Mainstream with Meta Quest 3
Meta Quest 3 is the world’s first mainstream headset built for mixed reality—and our most powerful headset yet. With double the graphic processing power of Quest 2,* Quest 3 is also the world’s first device to feature the new Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 platform we helped develop in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. And it’s completely standalone: no PC, no console, no battery packs—nothing to break the feeling of presence. It understands your physical space, so you can play with the world around you. With mixed reality, the limits of your physical space can expand, and you can be part of a much larger world—like opening a portal to the Upside Down from your living room in Stranger Things VR.

With Quest 3, you can immerse yourself in an expansive content library with games and experiences to suit every taste and mood. More than 100 new and upgraded titles are coming to Quest 3 this year, and many of them will incorporate mixed reality. Because Quest 3 is backwards-compatible, you get access to a vast library of 500+ VR and MR experiences on day one. And with Xbox Cloud Gaming coming to Quest in December, you can play Halo Infinite, Minecraft Legends, Forza Horizon 5, and hundreds of other high-quality Xbox games—all on a massive 2D screen you can take with you anywhere.**

Starting at $499.99 USD, Quest 3 ships October 10, and pre-orders are open now. Click here for all the details.

Advances in Artificial Intelligence
While it’s been an amazing year for AI, most people today still haven’t experienced this new technology firsthand—and we have an opportunity to change that by building state-of-the-art AI into apps that billions of people already use.

We’ve talked about the Llama ecosystem of large language models, and today we unveiled our image generation model. Emu (short for Expressive Media Universe) uses your text prompts to generate high-quality, photorealistic images in just seconds. And thanks to Emu and technology from Llama 2, you can create your own custom AI stickers in chat to liven up conversations on the fly.

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