as an old The proverb says, “Hardware is hard.” Even more so in metaverse.
Owned by Meta (née Facebook) Slowing down the pursuit of AR glasses. This headset that Meta plans to release in 2024 is likely A few years later From the point of view of actual development. Now, those plans appear to be on hold indefinitely. The report comes just weeks after Meta admitted it had burned more than $10 billion on its Metaverse efforts.
It’s not the Meta’s only hardware. The Portal — the controversial videoconferencing device with an object-sensing camera that follows your movements — is also going into limited production. Meta will now stop producing Consumer-level portals and target products to business users.According to reports, the company also stop development A smartwatch with a camera that has been in use for a few years. But hey, the people who came up with the metaverse are now getting into NFTs, so maybe this is all still legal.
Phone cameras are getting pretty boring. In fact, they have remained largely unchanged over the years. But Metalenz is pushing camera technology forward by developing optics that can capture more data while being flatter than standard lens elements. Flat optics are easier to stack, which allows for better lenses in smaller packages — so small that smartphones designed around Metalenz’s camera technology can eliminate the external bump on the back of the phone.
On Thursday, Metalenz announced a partnership with semiconductor company STMicroelectronics, which will accelerate Metalenz’s entry into the consumer market. The company’s first product with “metasurface” lens technology is a depth sensor that can be used for smartphone functions that require 3D data, such as portrait mode photos or face unlock authentication. The same sensors could also provide depth-sensing capabilities for VR headsets and autonomous robots.
If Metalenz’s technology continues, these flatter, more powerful lenses may find their way into more smartphone camera modules, helping you better understand the world around you.
On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it would look deep into Tesla’s Autopilot feature came to fruition after a series of accidents last year.Last August, NHTSA began investigating 11 crashes since 2018 in which Teslas were in Autopilot mode hit the vehicle In emergencies where first responders are present. The expanded investigation will examine the Tesla cars themselves and try to assess whether the Autopilot system is completely faulty, or just made worse by human error.
Ok, so I guess when Tesla rams its car into an ambulance late at night it will be “investigated”, but when I do, I will be “arrested on the spot”. any.
OnePlus 10 Pro just got more professional
When Chinese company OnePlus releases new phones, they don’t make the same splash as the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Still, we love WIRED’s OnePluses (OnesPlus?) hardware. We gave a 7/10 of the new OnePlus 10 Pro is already on sale in the US and Canada, but a new configuration with more RAM and storage will arrive on June 15th. The new version of the phone will have 12 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage, up from 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage in the original. Like the old model, the new model runs OnePlus’ own OxygenOS on Android 12.more powerful configuration Starting at $969 And only available in black.
Xbox games without an Xbox
If you’ve bought yourself a brand new Samsung Smart TV, it’s time to say goodbye to the console.Microsoft Announce On Thursday, it will bring the cloud gaming capabilities of its Xbox Game Pass to Samsung’s 2022 line of smart TVs on June 30. Over 100 Xbox games stream directly to your screen, no console required.Microsoft says this Plans to expand to other smart TVs In the future.
Xbox Game Pass has removed some of the boundaries between gaming platforms, allowing people to play games across consoles and PCs. While Microsoft seems keen to stick with its hardware, it seems the console’s days are numbered.
Stories from a personal WWDC
In case you missed it, Apple held its WWDC event this week. During Monday’s keynote, aka an outdoor pre-recorded screening, Apple laid out its vision for the next iteration of iOS, iPadOS and MacOS. It also showed several different MacBooks, but apparently one of the kids was the most popular.
This week on the Gadget Lab Podcast, WIRED product reviewer Brenda Stolyar appeared on the show to talk about key takeaways from the event, as well as what’s on-site at Apple headquarters.