One of the most popular booths at this year's China International Big Data Expo was Facebook for the first time. Facebook's Oculus VR interactive experience booth is lined with nearly a hundred people.
Oculus Go is expected to make VR popular in consumer applications
In addition to VR, Facebook also demonstrated AR technology. In addition, artificial intelligence is also the focus of Facebook's display. The company brought the latest technology announcements announced at the F8 Developer Conference in early May of this year. At that time, Facebook showed off various AR-based and VR technologies under its umbrella including Whatsapp and Messenger. New features of the app.
At the F8 conference, Facebook also announced the new release of Oculus Go, as well as its VR games and thousands of VR applications, providing 32GB, 64GB two kinds of body storage space version, of which 32GB version is priced at 199 US dollars, 64GB The version costs $249.
However, at the fair, Facebook did not bring this Oculus Go, but Facebook staff told the First Financial reporter that Oculus and Xiaomi will jointly launch the Chinese version of the Oculus Go VR, or this summer evening. It was officially released and sold for domestic users.
According to a report from a reporter from the Ministry of Finance to the First Financial Reporter, Hugo Barra, the person in charge of Facebook Oculus VR and former Xiaomi’s vice president, will go to China this week to contact Xiaomi on the subsequent sale of this Oculus Go.
Facebook staff explained to the First Financial reporter that Oculus Go is a wireless VR device that can eliminate the complexity of connecting cables to computers compared to traditional professional VR devices. In terms of display, the Oculus Go display has a resolution of 2560*1440. The new anti-vertigo lens design, medical lens accessories, and Fast switch technology can minimize the vertigo of the user when using the Oculus Go. At the same time, the Oculus Go uses a built-in surround sound speaker setup, which can provide users with a better immersive experience. At the same time, it is equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack for users to connect to third-party headphones.
Although Facebook did not mention too much about the application localization of Oculus Go, localization optimization, etc., it pointed out that the domestic version of Oculus Go is run by Xiaomi, and if localization optimization of thousands of applications can be done at that time, plus relative With the huge price advantage of traditional VR devices, Oculus Go is likely to become the device that really makes the VR experience into the average consumer's home.
A Chinese person in charge of Facebook told the First Financial Reporter at the Expo. In addition to Oculus Go's hardware product, Facebook's newly-founded hardware department, Building 8, two years ago will also be released later this year. product. However, he told the First Financial reporter: "This is what kind of product nobody knows now. ”
Facebook artificial intelligence chip focus video application
At the fair, Dr. Jia Hongzhong, the vice president of Facebook and responsible for the artificial intelligence and deep learning infrastructure, also delivered a keynote speech on the scale and innovation breakthrough of artificial intelligence at the “high-level dialogue on artificial intelligence”. Facebook has invested heavily in artificial intelligence. In fact, artificial intelligence is enabling Facebook's various business areas.
According to the latest news, Facebook chief AI scientist Yann LeCun disclosed the details of Facebook's research and development in artificial intelligence chips for the first time at the Viva Tech summit in Paris.
LeCun said: "Facebook's task in video auditing is getting heavier and the pressure of real-time analysis and filtering brought by the live broadcast is increasing." With the current method, it takes a lot of computing resources and the power consumption is huge. "Video is becoming the mainstream method of information delivery. For regulatory reasons, Facebook needs a more efficient processor."
To this end, Facebook is assembling new chip teams. LeCun said: "Although the AI chip is a brand new job for Facebook, Facebook has already tested the hardware on the hardware. Inside Facebook, hardware-manufacturing businesses such as servers, motherboards, data centers, and communications chips have previously attempted. ”