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Mark Zuckerberg shares pixelated preview of Meta's upcoming VR headset

It's so "top secret" that every image of the headset is pixelated in the clip.
By Matt Binder  on 
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Mark Zuckerberg puts on a (pixelated) Project Cambria VR headset. Credit: Mashable Screenshot / Meta

No, Mark Zuckerberg didn't post anything pornographic to Facebook on Thursday morning. It's just a video previewing Meta's upcoming VR headset, Project Cambria.

Apparently, the project is so secretive that the actual VR headset needed to be pixelated throughout the clip in order to keep it under wraps.

Less than 24 hours after Google shared a small preview of its in-development AR glasses, Mark Zuckerberg shared a 56-second clip to his Facebook page, giving users a "first look at mixed reality."

The term mixed reality refers to a combination of augmented reality with the immersiveness of virtual reality. It's interactive AR.

In the clip, which shows Zuckerberg demoing the headset, a first-person perspective gives viewers a glimpse of what it would look like if they were wearing the gear. The video showcases a demo called "The World Beyond," an app that allows the Facebook CEO to interact with an augmented-reality creature placed in a real-world environment.

According to Zuckerberg, the app was created using Meta's Presence Platform, a tool the company created that will "help developers build mixed reality experiences that blend physical and virtual worlds." Along with "The World Beyond," the video also briefly previews how Project Cambria apps will allow users to virtually work out with an instructor and interact with their computer apps through the VR headset.

But, personally, I keep coming back to the fact that Meta pixelated Project Cambria throughout as if it were something top secret. A simple Google search pulls up plenty of previously leaked images!

According to Meta, Project Cambria will be a "high-end" VR product that "will feature rich color passthrough for enhanced mixed reality experiences." The company says it will launch later this year.

"The World Beyond" app will be available for users of Meta's popular Quest 2 VR headset as well. Meta says it'll be releasing the demo app showing the upcoming Presence Platform's capabilities and will open source it as well so developers can build upon it with their own creations. That drops for Quest 2 owners next week.


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