like the old one saying goes, “hardware is hard.” Doubly so in the metaverse.
The company Meta (née Facebook) has delayed his search for AR glasses† The headset, which Meta had planned to release in 2024, was probably years away of actual development. Now those plans seem to be on hold indefinitely. That report comes a few weeks after Meta admitted it burned more than $10 billion on its metaverse efforts.
It’s not the only hardware that is meta on the back burner. Portal: The controversial video conferencing device with an object-sensitive camera that: follows your movements– also going into limited production. Meta will now stop producing Consumer-level portals and targeting the product to business users instead. The company also reportedly stopped developing a smartwatch with cameras that had been a few years in the making. But hey, the guy who came up with the metaverse is now starting with NFTs, so maybe it’s all still legit.
Phone cameras have gotten pretty boring. In fact, they have remained fundamentally unchanged for years. But the company Metalz advances camera technology by developing optics that capture more data while lying flatter than standard lens elements. Flat optics are easier to stack, making for better lenses in a smaller package — so small that a smartphone designed around Metalz’s camera technology could eliminate the external bulge on the back of the handset.
On Thursday,metaalz announced a partnership with the semiconductor company STMicroelectronics to accelerate the entry ofmetaalz into the consumer market. The company’s first product to use “metasurface” lens technology is a depth sensor that can be used for smartphone functions that require 3D data, such as portrait shots or face unlock authentication. The same sensor can also provide depth sensing capabilities to VR headsets and autonomous robots.
As Metallica’s technology continues, these flatter and more powerful lenses could find their way into more smartphone-ready camera modules to help you better see the world around you†
On Wednesday, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will: dig deeper into his research of Tesla’s Autopilot features after a string of crashes last year. Last August, the NHTSA began investigating 11 accidents since 2018 where Teslas were in Autopilot mode bumped into vehicles emergency situations where first responders were present. The comprehensive investigation will examine the Tesla vehicles themselves and attempt to assess whether the autonomous systems were entirely to blame, or whether human error was only making things worse.
Okay, so I guess when Tesla crashes his car into an ambulance late at night, it gets “investigated,” but when I do it, I get “arrested on the spot.” Whatever.
OnePlus 10 Pro gets more Pro
When the Chinese company OnePlus announces new phones, they don’t get the same splash as iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Still, here at WIRED, we love OnePluses (OnesPlus?) hardware. The new OnePlus 10 Pro, which we gave a 7/10, is already on sale in the US and Canada, but there is a new configuration with much more memory and storage arriving on June 15. The new version of the phone will have 12 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage, from 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage on the original version. The new model runs, just like the old, OnePlus’ own OxygenOS over Android 12† The sturdier configuration starts at $969 and is only available in black.
Xbox games without the Xbox
The time is near to say goodbye to the console – if you have bought a brand new Samsung Smart TV. Microsoft announced On Thursday, it will bring its cloud gaming feature from Xbox Game Pass to Samsung’s 2022 range 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 out some boundaries between gaming platforms, allowing people to play on consoles and PCs. While Microsoft likes to stick with its hardware, it seems that the console days are numbered†
Stories from a personal WWDC
In case you missed it, Apple kept its WWDC event this week. At its keynote event (aka an outdoor pre-recorded display) on Monday, Apple presented its vision for the next iterations of iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS. It also showed a few different MacBooks, although clearly one was the kid’s favorite.
This week on the Gadget Lab PodcastWIRED product reviewer Brenda Stolyar comes to the show to talk about the highlights of the event and what it was like on the ground at Apple’s headquarters.
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