Facebook’s parent company Meta has announced that it will launch its first physical retail space on May 9 in Burlingame, California. In the Meta Store one will be able to gain hands-on experience with the company’s hardware products. The 1,550 sq ft META store will feature products such as the first pair of META smart glasses with Ray-Ban. Anyone will be able to check out Facebook’s line of video chat tools called Portals.
“The Meta Store is going to help people build relationships with how our products could be a gateway to the Metaverse in the future. We are not selling the Metaverse in our stores,” Martin Gilliard, head of Meta Store, said in a statement. But hopefully people will come and learn a little more about how our products will help them connect with it.
Most recently, Meta said it would launch testing tools for selling digital assets and experiences within its virtual reality platform Horizon Worlds, a VR platform Meta launched late last year. Meta also said it would charge creators of digital experiences and assets 47.5 percent.
“At the Meta Store, we want you to interact with everything. We want you to pick up stuff. We want you to feel it,” the company wrote in the announcement.
For now, the store will only be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The company has also created a new Shop tab on its website for buying Meta hardware online.
Facebook is reportedly planning to launch AR Glasses by 2024 as part of its Project Nazar initiative. The company aims to launch the first model in two years, followed by a “lighter, more advanced” model in 2026 and a third model in 2028. ,
The upcoming AR glasses from the Meta are expected to operate independently of the smartphone. Like other smart glasses, it will also have an external camera, stereo audio, and one will be able to communicate with other users’ holograms. As per reports, it will be based on Android and offer “full” AR – complete with 3D visualization and eye-tracking.
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