Meta Platforms, the parent company of popular social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and virtual reality company Oculus VR, has revealed its plans to introduce a groundbreaking feature to its latest product, the Ray Ban Meta smart glasses. The company announced the launch of a new multimodal AI that will utilize the glasses’ camera to provide users with a wide range of information and features.
Set for a public release in 2024, Meta Platforms will begin testing a small trial version of the multimodal AI this week in the United States. The introduction of this new AI aims to greatly enhance the capabilities of the current AI assistant on the smart glasses. Users will now be able to receive intelligent responses not just for textual queries, but also for video, photography, and live views, allowing for a more immersive and interactive experience.
The Ray Ban Meta smart glasses, currently priced at $299, already come equipped with a built-in AI assistant. However, users have reported limited functionality with the existing assistant. With the addition of the multimodal AI, Meta Platforms hopes to address these limitations and deliver a more comprehensive and advanced user experience.
The incorporation of multimodal AI technology into the Ray Ban Meta smart glasses signifies Meta’s commitment to incorporating artificial intelligence across its various platforms and products. This move follows a growing trend among major companies to integrate AI into dedicated hardware devices, as they aim to provide users with more intelligent and intuitive features.
Meta’s venture into the realm of multimodal AI on smart glasses brings to mind Google’s past endeavor with its Google Glass, which was ultimately unsuccessful. However, with Meta’s extensive portfolio and expertise in social media and virtual reality, industry experts and consumers alike are eager to see if the new AI will prove successful and avoid the pitfalls experienced by Google Glass.
As the launch of the multimodal AI draws closer, Meta Platforms is paving the way for a new era of smart glasses that not only revolutionize the way users interact with their devices but also provide a glimpse into the future of AI integration in everyday life.
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