Facebook announced this Thursday (28), during the Connect event, that it will launch several solutions for work, fitness, games and for social networks in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) .
According to the company, the news is part of an “effort to build the metaverse”, which will seem “a hybrid of online social experiences, expanded to three dimensions”.
Check out the tech giant’s top announcements on AR and VR devices below.
Horizon Home: Horizon Home will be an upgrade to the company’s current VR service. Among the novelties, the solution will have parties for friends. When users join an Oculus Party, with Oculus Quest 2, it will be possible to invite people to the meeting in the virtual environment. The party will use the users’ avatars and within the space it will be possible to chat, watch videos together, play games and use applications.
Messenger calls on VR: Soon, users will be able to communicate with friends on Messenger with calls on VR. Calls in a virtual environment can be made from anywhere.
Supernatural Boxing: The Fight VR app will gain new exercises used by professional athletes.
Active Pack for Quest 2: Facebook is creating a fitness accessory pack that makes Quest 2 more comfortable, with handles for when physical activities get intense and an interface that can wipe away sweat, making your sessions more comfortable. The novelty arrives in 2022.
New for work: Among the corporate news, Quest will gain features such as the ability to log in with a work account instead of a personal Facebook account. It will also give businesses the tools they need, such as account management, IDP and SSO integration, mobile device management, and more.
Apps Coming to Quest in Horizon Home: Soon, apps like Slack, Dropbox, Instagram and others will work in VR with a 2D panel in Horizon Home — so the user can multitask at the same time. The intention is to make 2D internet tasks available to the metaverse. Today, apps like Facebook, Instagram, Smartsheet and Spike will be available.
Workroom customization: company workrooms on Horizon Home can be customized with the company’s logo, posters and all visual identity.
Polar (codename): This is a new free app that will have a closed beta for iOS that makes it easy for content creators to imagine, create and share AR filters and effects without the need to code or work in Spark AR Studio (Facebook software ).