Pico Enterprise, Quest Pro downgrade and a tech elephant

Pico Enterprise, Quest Pro downgrade and a tech elephant

Weekly recap: Pico announces an enterprise headset, while Meta drops a (apparently not so) key feature for its Quest Pro enterprise headset.

Pico 4 Enterprise costs half of Quest Pro

The Pico 4 Enterprise is meant to compete with the Quest Pro, Meta’s new business VR headset. Like the Quest Pro, the Pico 4 Enterprise also offers eye and face tracking as well as video passthrough in color, but only monoscopic instead of 3D, which makes the headset unsuitable for AR applications (yet). But, at around 900 Euros, the Pico Enterprise costs almost exactly half the price of the Quest Pro.

Lytro, Google Glass and the elephant in the room

Developer and optics specialist Warren Craddock worked at VR camera manufacturer Lytro and on Google Glass. Both projects failed because the teams ignored key problems that Craddock says had been known for years. He advocates a better culture of discussion: fundamental problems must be addressed instead of sweeping them under the rug.

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Was a bit big: the Lytro light field camera for VR scenes with people in it. | Image: Lytro

Quest Pro – what happened to the depth scanner?

For better hand tracking and higher-quality AR applications, Quest Pro should have been equipped with a depth scanner. In May, Meta’s CEO was still raving about the advantages of the technology. But the now-introduced Quest Pro no longer offers a depth scanner – what happened?

At Meta Connect 2022, Meta also gave a tech outlook for the next five to ten years.

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