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    Connect 2023: Meta & Ray-Ban to launch next-gen smart glasses worth Rs 25K; Zuckerberg announces Quest 3 & new AI assistant


    Meta, formerly known as Facebook, unveiled several new products and features at its recent event, Connect 2023. These include the Ray-Ban smart glasses, Quest 3 VR headset, Meta AI personal assistant, Emu image generation, new AI characters for chat, and the availability of Roblox on Quest devices.

    The new products and features aim to enhance users' experiences and offer more options for entertainment and communication.Agencies
    The new products and features aim to enhance users' experiences and offer more options for entertainment and communication. (Image Source: Meta)
    American tech giant Meta's big event, Connect 2023, has wrapped up, and it brought some cool announcements including the new Ray-Ban smart glasses, Quest 3, Meta AI and much more.

    Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed the new range of gadgets and software at the event on Wednesday, indicating that the company has doubled down on its generative AI ambitions with new plans to integrate artificial intelligence in some of its most popular platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Let's take a look at some of the major announcements of Meta Connect 2023.

    Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses: Style Meets Tech

    Meta has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create these stylish smart glasses. They start at around Rs 25,000 and are available for pre-order on the company website. People who are interested can pick them up in stores starting October 17.

    What sets these glasses apart is their 12MP camera, which can capture short videos and share photos with ease. They can also be controlled using voice commands and they come with a sleek charging case that keeps them powered up.

    Quest 3 VR Headset: Explore Virtual Worlds

    Meta's Quest 3 VR headset stole the spotlight at the tech event. With prices starting at Rs 41,552, it's an affordable way to step into the world of virtual reality. They can be pre-ordered right now and will be in stores on October 10.

    The Quest 3 has the ability to seamlessly switch between virtual reality and the real world with just a tap. It's powered by the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2, which means it offers better graphics and a smoother gaming experience.

    Meta AI: Your Personal Assistant

    Meta is now officially part of the AI chatbot war with the introduction of Meta AI, a personal smart assistant. For anyone who has used OpenAI’s ChatGPT, or other chatbots like Anthropic’s Claude, Meta’s AI will immediately feel familiar.

    It's available on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, and it's also coming to the Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses and Quest 3.

    Another significant aspect of the Meta AI is its ability to generate images like Midjourney or OpenAI’s DALL-E via the prompt “/imagine.” Meta AI can provide real-time information and create images from text requests within seconds.

    Emu: A New Era In Image Generation

    Meta further introduced Emu, a foundational model for image generation. It's bringing generative AI stickers to Meta's messaging apps, making it easy to create unique AI stickers in seconds across WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook Stories.

    New AI Characters: Meet Your Virtual Friends

    The tech giant has introduced 28 new AI characters that people can chat with on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. These characters have distinct personalities and backstories, and some will even have profiles on Instagram and Facebook.

    Roblox On Quest: More Gaming Fun

    Lastly, Meta announced that Roblox is now available on their Quest devices. It's a big deal for gamers because it means more fun games to play.
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