Meta’s Zuckerberg continues to pour billions into virtual reality Multiverse

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Despite the massive expense and the lack of popularity and interest, the CEO isn’t giving up. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has been dumping billions of dollars into the development and production of virtual reality hardware, software and experiences, even as consumers remain essentially disinterested in taking part. From 2019 through 2022, Meta poured a tremendous $36 billion into its VR-focused division. The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been highly enthusiastic about virtual reality technology and has been convinced that the world will follow. That said, even when the company’s Quest…

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Meta wants its VR technology to provide realistic hands

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The Facebook parent company feels that people will respond well to having accurate virtual reality hands. Since people communicate and identify with their own unique hands, Meta is currently researching strategies to make hands as realistic and accurate as possible using their VR technology. Researchers have found that people relate very closely to their specific hands and how they look and move. A team of researchers from the Codec Avatars Lab at Meta joined those at Nanyang Technological University in presenting a new research paper unveiling URHand. The name is…

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Meta social media network Threads rolls out its own hashtags

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The company started to roll out the tags but without the need to use the hash symbol. Threads, the Meta social media network many people view as an alternative to X (formerly known as Twitter), has announced that it is rolling out tags for posts, without the need for the hash symbol as is the case with hashtags on other platforms. Users will be able to choose only a single tag in order to avoid trends toward tag spam. The social media platform first started testing the new tagging feature…

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AR software head is leaving his position at Meta

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Don Box is stepping down from his position within the company. Don Box, the head of AR software at Meta, is stepping down from that position within the social media company, according to recent media reports. This has led some to wonder about Meta’s future in developing its augmented reality glasses. Meta has been working on the development of AR software and hardware alike, specifically in the form of glasses. That said, many are now wondering what the future will hold for that tech now that its Vice President of…

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Meta artificial intelligence Emu Edit and Emu Videos tools launch

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The social media platforms company has rolled out the AI tools for Facebook and Instagram posting. In mid-November, Meta Platforms announced the launch of two new features using artificial intelligence to edit videos that users can then post to Facebook or Instagram. The first feature is called Emu Video and produces 4-second videos for users to share. Emu Video uses artificial intelligence to pair a description with an image or photo with a caption prompt. The second feature is called Emu Edit, which gives users the opportunity to easily edit…

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