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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.
Virtual reality can be a powerful teaching tool, but it's only as good as the content available for the medium. Facebook is looking to grow the availability of content for VR learning as part of its efforts to shift its focus on the metaverse, and it has created a US$150 million fund to achieve that goal. The social network has announced that it's spending that much to reach its VR learning goals over the next three years at its Connect 2021 event. Since Facebook is hoping to build a robust ecosystem for learning in the metaverse, it plans to do more than just create immersive educational experiences. Part of the money will go towards training augmented reality and virtual reality creators, so they can make their own experiences. Facebook is working with Unity to teach people the skills necessary to create educational VR content — mainly, it's using Unity's "Create with VR for Educators" tool with Quest 2 devices to teach nonprofits and educational institutions....
Facebook wants to make its Quest 2 headset a productivity device for a new generation of remote workers, but in order to pull that off, it needs apps. Today, Facebook announced that they’re bringing 2D apps into the Oculus Store for the first time. The new apps which are based on the Progressive Web App (PWA) industry standard will allow users to check apps that they would have previously needed to take off their headset and see on their phone. A handful of 2D apps are available in the Oculus Store as of today, including Facebook, Instagram, Smartsheet and Spike. Other apps on the way include Dropbox, Monday.com, MURAL, My5 (UK), Pluto TV and Slack, the company says. ...
Unity Slices: Table is a new mixed reality application launching for the Oculus Quest 2 by game engine developer Unity.

Vers un monde sans glace

Posted: 28/10/2021 on Unige.ch
Directrice de l’Institut des sciences de l’environnement (ISE) et professeure associée en politiques urbaines et de l’environnement, Géraldine Pflieger sera la seule représentante des milieux scientifiques au sein de la délégation suisse responsable des négociations climatiques lors de la COP26. Elle présente les objectifs de cette conférence et les ambitions du Geneva Cryosphere Hub en vidéo. Qu’est-ce que la COP26?Géraldine Pflieger: La COP26, c’est le rassemblement de tous les États de la planète qui viennent discuter et négocier ensemble des engagements pour lutter contre le changement climatique. On la nomme conférence des parties (COP) pour désigner les États qui ont signé la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques à Rio en 1992 et qui, depuis, se réunissent chaque année pour faire un état des lieux de l’atteinte des objectifs en termes de lutte contre le changement climatique. ...
Niantic announced yesterday that its next augmented reality mobile game will be Pikmin Bloom, a collaboration with Nintendo. The free game is available now for iOS and Android in Singapore and Australia, but will roll out globally in the coming days. Like Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom will encourage players to get outside and explore their neighborhoods. Only now, instead of catching Pidgey and Rattata, you’ll collect seedlings and create a squad of Pikmin. The more you walk, the more Pikmin you’ll collect. These plant-animal hybrid creatures come from Nintendo’s strategy and puzzle game franchise of the same name. Pikmin Bloom marks the sixth installment in the Pikmin video game series. There are many different types of Pikmin to interact with, and as you walk alongside them, you’ll leave augmented reality trails of flowers behind you. According to in-game footage in the announcement video (seen above), it looks like you can customize your avatar as a Mii. ...