Facebook hardware chief touts ‘biggest’ AR/VR news coming in May

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  • Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

FILE PHOTO: A participant wears a Oculus virtual reality headset in a Facebook showroom at the Museum of the Nation, where the 2016 APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit will take place from November 19-20, in Lima, Peru, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Facebook Inc’s Andrew Bosworth, head of virtual and augmented reality products and hardware, said the social-media company will be making its “biggest AR/VR news” to date at the F8 conference in May. 

Bosworth didn’t expand on his remarks, made on Twitter, but Facebook has been working on several new products in the category, people familiar with the matter have said. The company is working on two smart speaker devices, including a model with interactive video-chat capabilities, Bloomberg News reported last year. 

The Menlo Park, California-based company also said it will release a US$200 (RM783) Oculus-branded virtual reality headset this year, without specifying exactly when. Oculus has also been working on a more powerful standalone VR headset, code-named Santa Cruz, which the company could decide to share more details on. — Bloomberg

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