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Meta announces a one-day virtual event called Meta Connect

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A new site that reads “Welcome to Meta Connect” teases the one-day Meta Connect event with a live countdown to October 11. This event will focus on the theme of the metaverse and explore the future of augmented and virtual reality.

The Connect event is not a new concept, with the first dating back to 2014 when Facebook acquired Oculus. The event was originally called Oculus Connect, then renamed Facebook Connect, and finally what we have today – Meta Connect.

These events take an in-depth look at the future of augmented reality and virtual reality with insights from industry leaders and discussions. The website currently states that more information and speaker details will be available soon.

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The event comes at a good time as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in August that the Meta VR Project Cambria headset will drop in October when it appears on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Announced in 2021, Project Cambria is Meta’s most premium VR headset. Like its most popular helmet, the Meta Quest 2, it will be a standalone device. On the podcast, Zuckerberg also revealed that the headset will have an eye tracking sensor, unique to this headset.

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Meta has dominated the VR headset space, capturing 90% of the market, according to IDC research. The study predicts that RV shipments will continue to grow in 2022, with volumes for the full year expected to reach 13.9 million units, up 26.6%.

With such growth in the space, we can expect more competitors to enter the market, including Apple.

Apple is expected to dive into the new space and release headphones in 2023. Recently, an Apple-related shell company filed trademark applications in multiple countries for the names “Reality One”, “Reality Pro” and “Reality Processor”, names possible for a new VR/AR headset.