Meta Project Cambria leak reveals what the helmet could look like

Meta, formerly Facebook, has named itself after its next big attempt to dominate the social media world: the Metaverse. The company is no stranger to virtual worlds, especially since it acquired virtual reality (VR) pioneer Oculus, but it needs to step up a gear to realize the buzz it’s generating.

Among other things, Meta needs to dive deep into augmented reality (AR) territory, where physical reality and digital artifacts intertwine. To achieve this, Meta needs a new mixed reality headset that supports virtual reality and augmented reality use cases, and that’s exactly what could be coming later this year. . If this latest leak about Meta’s Project Cambria is any indicator, the product could definitely be a game-changer in terms of performance and design.

It’s almost comical how quickly Meta turned around after positioning the Oculus Quest 2 as the best way to experience virtual worlds. Shortly after, Meta essentially ditched the Oculus brand for something yet to be revealed that takes a few steps in a different direction, one that will enable both virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.

Although both technologies revolve around virtual objects, VR and AR work in slightly different ways, although both fit into the vision of the Metaverse. For AR to be truly compelling, it must allow digital objects to overlay real-world objects (or behind them) almost seamlessly — and that will require better sensors and better displays, certainly far more than what the Quest 2 headset currently offers.

It’s still unclear what the new product will be called, but according to speculation, the headset could be called Quest 2 Pro or Quest 3. For now, the expected device is known internally as “Project Cambria”, and industry analyst Brad Lynch has some images to share of what the final design would look like.

A launch for 2022

Despite what it is supposed to contain, the headset looks more refined than any Oculus model released so far. For example, the images show the complete absence of an uncomfortable strap passing over the wearer’s head, and the visor itself is considerably thinner than the Quest 2. This may, unfortunately, indicate that the processing hardware of the helmet will be located elsewhere.

Part of the space saving could come from using multi-element lenses instead of traditional fresnel type lenses. The screens would also be improved and move to two 2.48-inch mini LED panels with a resolution of 2160 × 2160 pixels. The renders also show telltale signs of outward-facing cameraswhich should allow for a high-resolution pass over the rather rudimentary version of the Quest 2. The headset is supposed to support not only head tracking, but also eye tracking which could be used to identify expressions.

There’s still no date for when this unnamed headset will arrive, but it’s confirmed to launch in 2022.

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