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Facebook launches £299 SMART GLASSES with Ray-Ban

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facebook has partnered with Ray-Ban to launch a range of smart glasses that feature two hidden cameras, allowing you to secretly snap photos and video on the go. Named Ray-Ban Stories, they cost £299 in the UK ($299 in the US) and come with dual integrated five megapixel cameras, a three microphone array and discreet open-ear speakers. Images and video captured with Facebook's glasses can be shared via a smartphone to TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media services. The launch is thought to be part of Mark Zuckerberg's plan for the social media platform to become a'metaverse' seeping into the real world. The term'metaverse,' coined in the 1992 dystopian novel'Snow Crash,' is used to describe immersive, shared spaces accessed across different platforms where the physical and digital converge.


Facebook's Smart Glasses Can Take Calls and Photos, Lack AR

TIME - Tech

Facebook unveiled its long-awaited smart glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban, entering a nascent wearables market with a focus on capturing photos rather than augmented reality. The social network on Thursday showed off the glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories--a direct rival to Snapchat's Spectacles. The $299 Facebook glasses, which use EssilorLuxottica SA-owned Ray-Ban's classic Wayfarer frame style, let users take photos and video, listen to music and answer phone calls. While they lack AR, the technology that overlays digital content on the physical world, Facebook says it eventually plans to embed that functionality. "We are building towards AR glasses as the next computing platform," Monisha Perkash, a product director at Facebook, said in an interview.


Facebook: Here comes the AI of the Metaverse

ZDNet

To operate in augmented and virtual reality, Facebook believes artificial intelligence will need to develop an "egocentric perspective." To that end, the company on Thursday announced Ego4D, a data set of 2,792 hours of first-person video, and a set of benchmark tests for neural nets, designed to encourage the development of AI that is savvier about what it's like to move through virtual worlds from a first-person perspective. The project is a collaboration between Facebook's Facebook Reality Labs, in conjunction with scholars from thirteen research institutions, including academic institutions and research labs. The details of the work are laid out in a paper lead authored by Facebook's Kristen Grauman, "Ego4D: Around the World in 2.8K Hours of Egocentric Video." Grauman is a research scientist with the company's Facebook AI Research unit.


Facebook: Here comes the AI of the Metaverse

#artificialintelligence

To operate in augmented and virtual reality, Facebook believes artificial intelligence will need to develop an "egocentric perspective." To that end, the company on Thursday announced Ego4D, a data set of 2,792 hours of first-person video, and a set of benchmark tests for neural nets, designed to encourage the development of AI that is savvier about what it's like to move through virtual worlds from a first-person perspective. The project is a collaboration between Facebook Reality Labs and scholars from 13 research institutions, including academic institutions and research labs. The details are laid out in a paper lead-authored by Facebook's Kristen Grauman, "Ego4D: Around the World in 2.8K Hours of Egocentric Video." Grauman is a scientist with the company's Facebook AI Research unit.


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will turn into a 'metaverse' so 'our software will be everywhere'

The Independent - Tech

Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook will "effectively transition from … being a social media company to being a metaverse company". The metaverse does not have a specific definition, but venture capitalist Matthew Ball – who Mr Zuckerberg recommended on the topic in an interview with The Verge – sets out a number of features it could have: the metaverse is a space that is persistent, synchronous, spans both the digital and physical worlds, offers "unprecedented interoperability" and contains a fully functioning economy. It is intended as an "embodied internet", as Mr Zuckerberg described it. The metaverse, in Mr Zuckerberg's vision, will be about "engag[ing] more naturally" with the behaviours we already exhibit – such as reaching for our smartphones immediately upon waking up. I think that that's not really how people are made to interact", Mr Zuckerberg said, saying that technology should emulate "some shared sense of space in common". Mr Zuckerberg has made such comments before, ...