Facebook announces new VR-glasses and a partnership with Ray-Ban

Facebook wants eyewear business with VR with a significant reduction in the price of driving. The new Version of the Oculus Quest, without the need of an additional Computer that will cost in the United States starting at $ 299 – $ 100 less than the previous version. The Facebook announced on Wednesday evening, in the context of the Facebook Connect conference, the event takes place this year, as a pure Online.

In Germany, the device will not be for the time being, however, as Facebook claims to be a previously unspecified regulatory authority in the conversation.

The Oculus Quest 2 in the United States on may 13. October on the market. It weighs 503 grams less than the previous model and is powered by a new, more powerful Chip. This was developed by the semiconductor-group Qualcomm specifically for applications in virtual reality (VR), where users in digital worlds can immerse themselves. The base model is equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of disk space, 100€, there will also be a model with 256 GB.

For a better picture of the screen has been increased resolution compared to the predecessor model by 50 percent to 1832 x 1920 pixels. The refresh rate is at 72 Hz, which is sensitive users for malaise worry. According to “The Verge” to values with a later Upgrade for VR applications, recommended to be raised to 90 Hertz. During the Quest 2 is, in principle, wirelessly and without a PC, it can be a special USB cable to connect to a Computer and use it for the PC, developed VR applications and games.

A virtual office in the glasses

As a new application, Facebook also introduced the Software “Infinite Office” – a virtual workplace, you also need a large Computer screens in the glasses displayed. Accessories maker Logitech has developed a special keyboard. Users should be able to see in the VR glasses with your fingers. The function should first be test on the Quest, 2 available.

In Germany, Facebook had set at the beginning of September to the sale of Oculus goggles for the time being. It is in talks with regulators to standing, announced the Online network without additional information. The step was followed by the announcement that buyers of new devices – and as of 2023, all users must log in with your Facebook account. Previously, there were separate Oculus Profiles, which did not have to be necessarily linked with the Facebook data.

A Facebook-glasses by Ray-Ban

Facebook is working in the meantime on a pair of glasses with transparent glasses that can display additional information for the users in the real environment. The Online start-network soon to be Tests with a pair of glasses with cameras and microphones, with the help of use case scenarios and operation were supposed to be investigated. They are to be worn by some Facebook employees not only on the company’s premises, but also in Public. Faces and car license plates are made in records automatically unrecognizable, as the company stressed.

Among the plans of Facebook to create for the use of the glasses is a three-dimensional model of all possible environments, the use of the cameras could be updated automatically. On the Basis of this “Live Maps” could be a useful assistant Software, which accompany the user constantly through the day and on the environment, reacting, said Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash. You can’t imagine what will be possible, – said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

For the implementation of these plans in a real product of the Internet has done to the group with the glasses, group, Essilor Luxottica together. Together, the companies aim to develop the “next Generation of smart glasses”. The result of these efforts is to come in 2021 with the glasses Ray-Ban brand on the market. Further Details of the proposed product to be made known to the company in the coming year.

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