“Welcome to Meta Connect” displays the site announcing the next meta event. Under the slogan, there is a live countdown to October 11, when the event will take place. It will focus on the metaverse and explore the future of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
From Oculus to Meta
Meta Connect is not a new concept. The first one dates back to 2014: after the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook at the time, it was called Oculus Connect. Then it was renamed to Facebook Connect, then to Meta Connect – its current name.
The future of augmented reality and virtual reality is at the heart of Connect. They showcase industry leaders and encourage discussion of the topic.
The presentation website of the event provides additional information on the topics covered, and the list of speakers is due to be published soon.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in August on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that the “Project Cambria” virtual reality headset would launch in October.
Announced in 2021, Project Cambria is Meta’s top-of-the-line VR headset. Like its most popular headset, the Meta Quest 2, it will be a standalone device.
In the podcast, the Meta boss also revealed that the headset will feature an eye-tracking sensor, something exclusive to this headset.
Meta dominates 90% of the market
Meta dominates the VR industry. According to IDC research, the company has indeed captured 90% of the market. This study also predicts further growth in headphone sales in 2022, as full-year sales volumes are expected to reach 13.9 million units, up 26.6%.
But with such growth in this sector, Meta could see some competitors enter the market, notably Apple.
Apple should really start using virtual reality with its first helmet in 2023. Recently, a shell company linked to Apple filed trademark applications in several countries for the names “Reality One”, “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor” – potential device names. VR/AR headset with Apple logo.