Like the old ones says, “Hardware is hard.” Double in the metavers.
Meta (née Facebook) has slowed down its search for AR glasses. The headphones, which Meta had planned to launch in 2024, were probably years away from actual development. Now, those plans seem to be on hold indefinitely. This report comes just weeks after Meta admitted to spending more than $ 10 billion on its metavers efforts.
It’s not the only hardware that goes into Meta’s later memory. Portal, the controversial video conferencing device with an object-tracking camera that tracks your movements, will also go into limited production. Meta will now stop producing consumer-level portals and target the product to business users. The company has also stopped developing a smartwatch with cameras that had been under construction for a couple of years. But hey, the guy who invented the metavers is now getting into NFT, so maybe everything is still legitimate.
Phone cameras have become quite boring. In fact, they have remained largely unchanged for years. But Metalenz is advancing camera technology by developing optics that capture more data while flatter than standard lens elements. Flat optics are easier to stack, making lenses better in a smaller package, so small that a smartphone designed around Metalenz’s camera technology could eliminate the external shock to the lens. back of the phone.
On Thursday, Metalenz announced a partnership with semiconductor company STMicroelectronics that should accelerate Metalenz’s entry into the consumer market. The company’s first product using “metasurface” lens technology is a depth sensor that can be used for smartphone features that require 3D data, such as portrait mode photos or face unlock authentication. The same sensor can also provide depth detection capabilities to VR headsets and standalone robots.
If you continue to adopt Metalenz technology, these flatter, more powerful lenses could come in more smartphone-ready camera modules to help you better see the world around you.
On Wednesday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it would deepen its investigation into the functions of Tesla’s autopilot after a series of accidents last year. Last August, the NHTSA began investigating 11 accidents since 2018 in which Teslas in autopilot mode collided with vehicles in emergency scenes where the first perpetrators were. The extended investigation will examine Tesla’s own vehicles and try to assess whether autonomous systems were entirely at fault or simply worsened human error.
Okay, I guess when Tesla crashes his car into an ambulance late at night he is “investigated,” but when I do I am “stopped right away.” Whatever.
OnePlus 10 Pro gets more Pro
When Chinese company OnePlus announces new phones, they don’t have the same touch as Samsung iPhones or Galaxy phones. Still, we tend to like the OnePluses hardware (OnesPlus?) Here at WIRED. The new OnePlus 10 Pro, which we gave a 7/10, is already on sale in the US and Canada, but there is a new configuration with much more memory and storage that will arrive on June 15. The new version of the phone will have 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage, up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage in the original version. The new model, like the old one, runs OnePlus’ own OxygenOS on Android 12. The most robust configuration starts at $ 969 and is only available in black.
Xbox games without Xbox
It’s time to say goodbye to the console, if you’ve bought a new Samsung smartphone. Microsoft announced on Thursday that it will bring its gaming features to the Xbox Game Pass cloud on Samsung’s 2022 line of smart TVs on June 30th. There are more than 100 Xbox games played directly on the screen, without the need for a console. Microsoft says it plans to expand to other smart TVs in the future.
Xbox Game Pass has already softened some boundaries between gaming platforms, allowing people to play on consoles and computers. While Microsoft seems willing to hold on to its hardware, it looks like the days of the console are numbered.
Tales of a WWDC in person
In case you missed it, Apple held its WWDC event this week. During the main event (also known as pre-recorded outdoor screening) on Monday, Apple unveiled its vision for upcoming iterations of iOS, iPadOS and MacOS. He also showed off a couple of different MacBooks, although clearly one was the favorite kid.
This week on the Gadget Lab podcast, Brenda Stolyar, WIRED’s product reviewer, arrives on the show to talk about the highlights of the event and how it was at Apple headquarters.