Mark Zuckerberg and Meta have recently shown that they are making more progress towards developing the Metaverse when they revealed a series of unfinished headset prototypes.
As most people know, the Metaverse is a virtual world designed to elevate people’s interaction beyond the current social media platforms.
Zuckerberg made waves late last year when he rebranded Facebook’s name to Meta, announcing the company’s goal to venture into the virtual world.
Since then, Meta’s Reality Labs division has been busy at work developing prototypes to achieve their goals.
Meta and Zuckerberg revealed some of the machines they have been working on – prototypes that will lead to lightweight, hyper-realistic virtual reality graphics.
The designs, dubbed Butterscotch, Starburst, Holocake 2, and Mirror Lake, are currently in their Quest 2 Display and serve as a sneak peek to future headsets with a more slender and finer detailed look.
“These prototypes, they’re custom and bespoke models that we built in our lab, so they’re not products that are ready to ship,” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg, Reality Labs chief scientist Michael Abrash, and other Reality Labs members, presented their works last week in an event that focused on the designs Meta refers to as “time machines.”
“I think we’re in the middle right now of a big step forward towards realism,” said the Meta CEO. “I don’t think it’s going to be that long until we can create scenes with basically perfect fidelity.”
“Only instead of looking at them on a screen, you’ll feel like you’re there,” he added.
Zuckerberg expressed his enthusiasm about the headset and Metaverse’s progress and gave an update on their work:
“The issue today is that the vividness of screens that we have now compared to what your eyes see in the physical world is off by an order of magnitude or more.”
Meta also has another prototype called Mirror Lake that was only conceptualized and never built.
The Mirror Lake was designed like a pair of ski goggles and would incorporate the best of the other prototypes’ features, including thin optics, HDR capabilities, and resolution.