Meta’s all-new AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) is touted as one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. Even in its unfinished form, it’s currently performing tasks like translating text between languages and identifying potentially harmful content. Hardware wise, the supercomputer is comprised of 760 NVIDIA DGX A100 systems as its compute nodes, for a combined total of 6,080 GPUs — with each A100 GPU being more powerful than the V100 used in our previous system. Read more for a video and additional information.
Could Facebook be planning to build a Westworld-like theme park in the near future? Maybe not, but a strange patent for a “Mechanical Eyeball 100” was recently uncovered and it’s basically a robotic eye designed to resemble its human counterpart, complete with two rotational axes that intersect at a center point. For those who have never seen the Westworld TV series, it revolves around a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android “hosts”. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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A few months ago, rumors of Meta’s Facebook Watch surfaced, but now, a few patent filings may have leaked a few features that we could see in the company’s first smartwatch. Meta Platforms recently had patent approved by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) for a ‘detachable camera block for a wearable device,’ and in the sketches, we basically see a smartwatch with a detachable display, along with several cameras integrated directly into the panel. Read more for more pictures and information.
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Could a social media network for pets be coming soon? Technically, there have been many over the years, but none have really yet caught on, that is unless Meta’s Petbook changes that. Meta filed for the ‘Petbook’ trademark on May 24, 2021 in Mexico at the Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI) and shortly after, with the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN). Read more to see the filing and for additional information.
The metaverse is taking over the world, and in the near future, we may be able to feel things inside this virtual world, thanks to haptic gloves. That’s right, as you assemble a virtual puzzle, your fingers automatically stop moving as you feel a piece within your grasp. You’ll also feel the sharp corners and the smoothness of its surface as you hold it up for closer inspection, followed by a recognizable snap as it fits into place. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Facebook Inc. is now officially known as Meta Platforms Inc. and their first hardware product may have leaked well ahead of its official unveiling. This image allegedly shows a smartwatch that somewhat resembles the Apple Watch with its curved edges, but unlike the competition, the Meta Watch boasts a front-facing camera, similar to what you’d find on the front of a smartphone. Read more for a video to see how Facebook users will interact in the metaverse and additional information.
Project Nazare is set to become Meta’s first full-fledged augmented reality (AR) glasses, and so far, it’s just a research project. They are currently working on making its form-factor and experience perfect for consumers. This entails developing custom hologram displays, projectors, batteries, radios, custom silicon chips, cameras, speakers, as well as sensors, to map the world around each user and more into glasses that measure just 5mm thick. Read more for a video and additional information.
During the Facebook Connect 2021 event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will be rebranding as Meta, with the main goal being to bring together their apps and technologies under a new name. The ultimate goal is to bring the metaverse to life and help people connect, find communities as well as grow their businesses. Users will be able to share immersive experiences with other people, even when you’re not together physically. Read more for two videos explaining everything and showing how it will work.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased a prototype virtual / augmented reality headset that his company is currently working on, calling it a “retina resolution” device. Some are speculating that it could be the next Oculus VR headset, since the retina resolution means that the device could potentially have a high enough pixel density that exceeds that of the human eye. Read more for another picture of a different prototype headset.
Facebook and EssilorLuxottica have teamed up to unveil Ray-Ban Stories smartglasses, which start at $299 USD and will be available for purchase in 20 different style combinations online as well as in select retail stores in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK. Its two integrated 5-megapixel cameras allow you to capture moments in a unique first-person perspective, whether it be taking photos or up to 30-second videos. Read more for two videos, including an early hands-on review.