Meta hits the brakes on the Portal, AR glasses and other hardware

Like the old The saying goes “hardware is hard”. Doubling in the metaverse.

The company Meta (born Facebook) has slowed his pursuit of AR glasses. The headset, which Meta had planned to release in 2024, was likely years of development itself. Now those plans appear to be on hold indefinitely. This report comes weeks after Meta admitted to spending over $10 billion on its metaverse efforts.

It’s not the only hardware to be mothballed by Meta. Portal – the controversial video conferencing device with an object detection camera that follows your movements— is also going into limited production. Meta will now stop producing Portals at the consumer level and gear the product towards business users instead. The company would also stopped growing a smartwatch with cameras that had been in the works for a few years. But hey, the guy who invented the metaverse is now getting into NFTs, so maybe it’s all still legit.

Lentil craftsmen

Phone cameras have gotten pretty boring. In fact, they have remained basically unchanged for years. But the company Metalenz advances camera technology by developing optics that capture more data while being flatter than standard lenses. Flat optics are easier to stack, allowing for better lenses in a smaller package, so small that a smartphone designed around Metalenz’s camera tech could eliminate the external bump on the back of the handset .

On Thursday, Metalenz announced a partnership with semiconductor company STMicroelectronics that should accelerate Metalenz’s entry into the consumer market. The company’s first product using “metasurface” lens technology is a depth sensor that can be used for smartphone functions that require 3D data, such as portrait mode photos or face unlock authentication. The same sensor can also provide depth sensing capabilities to VR headsets and autonomous robots.

If adoption of Metalenz’s technology continues, these slimmer, more powerful lenses could end up in more smartphone-ready camera modules to help out. see the world around you better.

Tesla problems

On Wednesday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it deepen your investigation Tesla’s Autopilot features after a series of crashes last year. Last August, NHTSA began investigating 11 crashes since 2018 in which Teslas were on autopilot. hit vehicles at emergency scenes where first responders were present. The expanded investigation will look at the Tesla vehicles themselves and try to assess whether the autonomous systems were entirely at fault or just compounded human error.

OK, so I guess when Tesla crashes his car into an ambulance late at night, it gets “investigated”, but when I do, I get “arrested on the spot”. No matter.

OnePlus 10 Pro becomes more professional

When Chinese company OnePlus announces new phones, they don’t get quite the same splash as iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Still, we tend to like OnePlus (OnesPlus?) hardware here at WIRED. The new OnePlus 10 Pro, which we gave it a 7/10, is already on sale in the US and Canada, but a new configuration with significantly more memory and storage is coming on June 15. The new version of the phone will have 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage, compared to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage on the original version. The new model, like the old one, runs OnePlus’ own OxygenOS on Android 12. The strongest configuration starts at $969 and is only available in black.

Xbox games without Xbox

It’s time to say goodbye to the console, if you’ve bought yourself a brand new Samsung Smart TV. Microsoft announcement On Thursday it will bring its cloud gaming functionality from Xbox Game Pass to Samsung’s 2022 lineup of smart TVs on June 30. That’s over 100 Xbox games streamed straight to your screen, no console required. Microsoft says so plans to expand to other smart TVs in the future.

Xbox Game Pass has already smoothed some boundaries between gaming platforms, allowing people to play on consoles and PCs. While Microsoft seems keen on hanging on to its hardware, it looks like the the days of the console are numbered.

Tales from an in-person WWDC

In case you missed it, Apple held its WWDC event this week. During the main event (aka outdoor pre-recorded screening) on ​​Monday, Apple showcased its vision for the upcoming iterations of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. He also showed off a few different MacBooks, though one was clearly the kid’s favorite.

This week on the Gadget Lab PodcastWIRED Product Reviewer Brenda Stolyar joins the show to talk about the important takeaways from the event and what it was like on the ground at Apple Headquarters.

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