Facebook is Now Meta

Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook will now be known as Meta. He is still chairman and CEO and still holds majority voting power. The corporate structure remains intact, and no changes in senior leadership were announced. Regardless of its name, the company will continue to serve roughly three out of four people who have access to the internet, and its revenue will still exceed $86 billion annually. With that in mind, here's the metadata about the Meta announcement. Continue Reading →

What is the Metaverse?

The metaverse is all the rage right now. Facebook believes so heavily in the metaverse that it plans to rename itself to tie into its metaverse-based future. Shelly Palmer talks with Bianca Peters and Raegan Medgie about what the metaverse is -- and why you should care. Continue Reading →
Facebook AI has announced Ego4D, a project that is trying to give AI the ability to understand and interact with the world from a first-person perspective (the way that humans do). AI typically learns from photos and videos captured in third-person, but next-generation AI will need to learn from videos that show the world from the center of action. Continue Reading →
Oculus Quest 2 users have a new space to explore: Horizon Workrooms, Facebook's vision for how we will do business in the metaverse. If you're worried that creating an avatar and doing business as a cartoon character isn't on-brand for you or your company, think again. Continue Reading →
Is Facebook planning to read your mind? Human/machine fusion is just over the horizon. Shelly Palmer talks about Facebook Reality Lab’s approach with Bianca Peters and Raegan Medgie on Fox 5’s Good Day New York. Original Airdate: March 23, 2021 Continue Reading →
ARCore Depth API
If you've ever played Pokémon Go, you know that Pikachu was just pasted on top of whatever you pointed your camera at. About a year ago, Pokémon Go creator Niantic announced that they had worked out how to let Pikachu hide behind real-world objects. The technique, called occlusion, was demonstrated in a video, not on an actual device. Yesterday, Google announced the tools to solve the problem. Continue Reading →

Apple EyePods Coming Soon

Apple EyePods Coming Soon
According to a note from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release its version of smart glasses in the middle of 2020. I have no idea what they will be called. Continue Reading →
Amazon AR View
Augmented reality (AR) is on the cusp of being one of the technological advances that are all but guaranteed to change our day-to-day behavior. Imagine living in a world filled with “movie magic.” A world so packed with computer-generated images, it’s hard to tell fantasy from reality. That’s the dream, but where are we now, and who is going to get us there first? Here’s a quick overview of the state of AR. Continue Reading →
Shelly Palmer on Fox 5
The Samsung Note7 is Samsung's best phablet yet. It has a great screen, it's waterproof and the S-Pen is better than ever. When you pair it with the new Samsung Gear 360, you get an amazing new way to take and post 360 videos and stills. Shelly Palmer talks about it with Kerry Drew ans Juliet Huddy on Fox 5. Original Airdate: August 9, 2016 Continue Reading →