Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the tech giant is adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) to its digital assistants and new Ray-Ban smart glasses, as it seeks to regain lost ground in the global AI race.
Zuckerberg made the announcements at the Connect developer conference at its Silicon Valley headquarters, the company’s flagship product event.
“Smart glasses will eventually allow us to put it all together in an intricate form that we can display.”
The second generation smart glasses from Meta and Ray-Ban, in collaboration with EssilorLuxottica, have a base price of $299 and will hit the market on October 17.
They allow users to stream what they see and hear in real time, Zuckerberg said, in addition to serving as virtual assistants for everyday life.
Meta also introduced 28 AI assistants that can be contacted via WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, with “personalities” based on stars such as Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton and YouTube star MrBeast.
“But understand, it is in its infancy and still has many limitations, you will see it when you use it,” he warned.
Meta is more cautious in its approach to developing AI products compared to its rivals Microsoft, OpenAI and Google. It prioritizes taking small steps and creating homegrown models for developers and researchers.
Meta also revealed the latest version of the Quest virtual reality headset, which now has improved graphics and audio and the ability for the user to see their surroundings without removing the device, as confirmed by AFP in a demonstration .
This virtual reality product is much cheaper than Apple’s Vision Pro, which starts at $3,499 and will be available early next year only in the United States.
Smart glasses are one of the many ways that big technology companies have developed to go beyond smartphones and offer a user-friendly device, so far without success.
Connect is Meta’s first in-person event since 2019, before the pandemic.