New Vive headset leaked, Qualcomm introduces new chips, Meta’s big bang with Galactica

Image: Brad Lynch, HTC/MXD leak

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Our weekly recap: HTC wants to compete with a slim mainstream XR headset next year. Qualcomm unveils new chips for AR glasses. Meta releases an AI language model trained with scientific data and is due to take a demo offline just hours after launch.

New Vive headset: fast, thin, flexible

HTC has been teasing a new VR headset for weeks. YouTuber Brad Lynch claims to have leaked the design and tech: HTC’s new headset is supposed to be a mix of Vive Flow and Vive Focus 3 – slim, but with a standalone mode.

Qualcomm’s new AR chips

AR glasses need small, cool, low-power chips. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon AR2 is designed specifically for these needs. Along with Niantic, Qualcomm is also introducing a new benchmark AR headset optimized for outdoor use.

Zwei seitliche Photos of the Outdoor AR Headsets from Niantic and Qualcomm

According to Qualcomm and Niantic, such an AR headset is suitable for outdoor use. | Picture: Niantic, Qualcomm

Metaverse bet: Is Zuckerberg too early?

Meta’s market value is suffering from a weak advertising market, increasing competition and slowing social growth. But it’s the billion-dollar investment in the uncertain metaverse that has investors scratching their heads. Did Zuckerberg bet too big too soon?

Apple is reportedly experimenting with a 3D mixed reality world

Against the backdrop of such thoughts, Zuckerberg should be happy if Apple is working on its own 3D mixed reality world, as current rumors suggest. That would be stiff competition for Meta, but it would also bolster Zuckerberg’s business thesis.


AI images from MRIs and a big bang for Galactica

A new AI system reconstructs images from MRI data two-thirds more accurately than known systems. This is made possible by more data and diffusion models. Despite the quality improvements, image reconstructions are only about 25% accurate – still a far cry from an actual brain reader, but it’s getting there.

More stories from our AI magazine THE DECODER: Famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz believes in a generative AI revolution in gaming.

Meta’s big-language AI, “Galactica”, trained with scientific data, is controversial because it sometimes generates incorrect information – a mortal sin for many scientists. Meta took a demo of Galactica offline just hours after its release amid growing Twitter protests.

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