Meta Platforms unveiled artificial intelligence-powered chatbots, a new mixed reality headset and Ray-Ban smart glasses at its annual product conference in Menlo Park, California.
Below are the most important announcements during the event:
Meta has released the Quest 3 headset, which is considered the first major mixed reality headset, according to the company. Quest 3, with double the graphics processing power of Quest 2, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 platform.
The latest headset will get more than 100 new and improved games this year, many of which will include mixed reality experiences. Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming will come to the Quest console in December, making access to Halo Infinite and Minecraft Legends, among others, the Meta said.
The Quest 3 will start at $499.99 and will ship on October 10.
AI-powered chatbots and stickers
Meta has unveiled more than two dozen chatbots that will work within its social media applications.
The company announced Meta AI, a conversational assistant available on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram that will provide real-time information and generate photorealistic images based on text requests from users.
Meta works with Microsoft Bing Search to deliver information from the Internet.
Meta 28 will add another AI chatbot that will feature celebrity personas like Bear Grylls, Chloe Kim, and Josh Richards.
The company announced Meta AI Studio, a platform for developers to create custom AI chatbots. These bots will have profiles on Instagram and Facebook, and users will also be able to chat with them on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.
The chatbot and AI studio will launch in beta in the US starting Wednesday.
Meta has also rolled out an AI poster creation tool using Llama 2 and the company’s Emu image generation model, based on user prompts. This feature will be rolled out to identify English-speaking users across WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram and Facebook Stories next month.
Ray-Ban smart glasses
Meta announced a new generation of Ray-Ban smart glasses, priced at $299. Delivery starts on October 17th.
Users can broadcast live from the glasses to followers on Facebook and Instagram. The smart glasses will also have built-in Meta AI, with the ability to provide information about the object the user is looking at. (Reporting by Yuvraj Malik in Bengaluru; Editing by Shaunak Dasgupta)
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