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Shenzhen-headquartered tech brand Oppo announced Tuesday its first-ever smart glass eyewear and it will go on sale in mainland China in the first quarter of 2022. Named the Oppo Air Glass, it is essentially a monocle-type device that can display relevant information in front of the wearer’s eye. The Air Glass can be worn as a monocle or attach to the frame of conventional eyeglasses. Unlike more ambitious smart glasses from Google, Microsoft or Nreal, the Oppo Air Glass is not an “augmented reality” headset. It can’t display information relative to the real world, because it doesn’t have a camera to capture the real life scene. It also can’t play video in front of the wearer’s eyes. But in return, the Air Glass is significantly lighter and more discreet looking. It weighs just 30g, and when an Oppo exec wore the Air Glass attached to his “normal” glasses during a video call meeting, I didn’t even notice the wearable until he mentioned it....
One comparison I’ve heard repeatedly over the last year is that buying NFTs to “flex” on people in the metaverse is just like collecting sneakers, and now Nike is apparently trying to make sure it’s ready for the literal version of that possibility. The apparel giant just announced the acquisition of RTFKT Studios, which it calls “a leading brand that leverages cutting edge innovation to deliver next generation collectibles that merge culture and gaming.” RTFKT is now a part of the NIKE, Inc. family. ‍ pic.twitter.com/5egNk9d8wA — RTFKT Studios (@RTFKTstudios) December 13, 2021 But forget the past — and that time it photoshopped a pair of its sneakers onto Elon Musk — RTFKT is moving forward, and just yesterday the A16Z-backed startup launched the Clone X NFT collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, offering up a number of metaverse-ready digital avatars styled with various collectible traits. What’s an NFT? ...
Topline Meta Platforms made a key stride in its rebrand from Facebook this month, acquiring the exclusive rights to the name “Meta” from a South Dakota bank in a $60 million transaction. Key Facts South Dakota-based Meta Financial Group said Monday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it sold all Meta trademark assets to Beige Key LLC, which is connected to Meta Platforms, spokespeople for Meta Platforms and Meta Financial confirmed to Forbes. Reuters first reported the connection between Beige Key and Meta Platforms, which changed its name from Facebook in October. Meta Financial and its subsidiary MetaBank will have one year to remove Meta from its name and all branding, according to the filing. Crucial Quote A MetaBank spokesperson said in a statement to Forbes: “There is a relationship between Beige Key LLC and Meta Platforms and MetaBank was aware of such relationship prior to entering this agreement.” Key Background ...
Augmented reality (AR) social network app Spotselfie has announced the beta launch of its 'Spotland'. As part of the Spotselfie app, Spotland gives the user the ability to own digital land at any real GPS location around the world.Furthermore, the first 500 users to acquire digital land will receive a 50% revenue share of AR advertising placed on their digital land.must readAn executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the hype in AR, VR, and MR.Revenue share then reduces to 30% for users who acquire digital land after the first 500 users.The Spotselfie app is an AR social app that allows users to post virtual objects, pictures, and other digital material geotagged to locations around the globe.Other users on the app can then view the posted content in AR via their own phones, as they walk throughout the digital landscape.But engaging with other users on social media users can potentially earn revenue on their digital land....
Adrian Cheng, CEO of Hong Kong real estate giant New World Development, is venturing into the metaverse with the development of virtual land on blockchain gaming platform the Sandbox. The Sandbox is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-headquartered blockchain gaming unicorn Animoca Brands. The game allows players to build a virtual world and monetize in-game items, which can include digital plots of land they bought or wearables they made for their avatars. The items can be traded on the Sandbox’s marketplace as non-fungible tokens (NFTs), digital assets that use blockchain technology to verify ownership. Cheng announced on Thursday that he will invest in the Sandbox and acquire one of its largest plots of digital land. His investment in the gaming platform will be about $5 million, according to people familiar with the matter. ...
Facebook today announced that it’s changing its name to Meta. The rebrand comes as the the company shifts its primary focus toward building the metaverse and the XR products that will support it. The Oculus brand will be phased out, with the Quest product line becoming Meta Quest. Facebook has been increasingly signaling the shift toward its forward-looking metaverse efforts, and today that shift has culminated in a complete rebrand of the company. Henceforth, the company will go by the name Meta, while the name Facebook will be reserved for the company’s social VR platform specifically, alongside its other products like Instagram and WhatsApp. The goal, the company says, is to realign its name with its primary objective of building out the metaverse—a sort of immersive internet that the company believes wholeheartedly is the future of human communication and interaction. ...
Facebook (which is now called Meta) knows a lot of virtual reality headset owners hate logging in with Facebook. Requiring Facebook logins created bad blood almost immediately and even accidentally locked some people out of their Quest VR hardware in late 2020. And at today’s Connect keynote, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted the restriction might be ending. But his comments raised more questions than they answered, and we still don’t know exactly what they mean. Zuckerberg mentioned the changes while talking about work applications for VR. Here’s what he said: ...
The Oculus brand will be retired and the Oculus Quest 2 will be known as Meta Quest 2 from early 2022.
The company is working on a “higher-end” Oculus headset that features a variety of game-changing technology. During today’s Facebook Connect conference, the company, now called ‘Meta,’ revealed a new addition to its lineup of Oculus hardware. Code-named ‘Project Cambria,’ this mysterious XR device will feature a variety of game-changing features that will, according to Meta, provide a “higher-end” experience compared to the Oculus Quest 2. The company wants to make it clear that this is by no means a successor to the Oculus Quest 2, though it will be compatible with Quest devices. Project Cambria is a brand new product complete with a new set of high-end features. As a result, the device will come at a higher price than the Quest 2. That said, Project Cambria boasts a variety of exciting capabilities. ...
At Facebook’s AR/VR-focused event Connect, the company announced a new app focused on bringing more creators into the world of building for augmented reality. The upcoming iOS app, called Polar, allows users to build their own AR filters for Facebook and Instagram powered by the Spark AR platform. Users will be able to easily create these filters in a visual way using templates — a much lighter technical lift than existing frameworks. As Instagram has pushed video harder through its Reels platform, the uptake for AR filters has gotten more sustained among users, providing an opportunity for Facebook to push them on creators. The app seems to be pretty early in production, Facebook says it will be going into closed beta later this year as they handpick certain creators to onboard. Eventually, the company will be rolling this out widely as a free app that helps anyone create their own AR filters.