Footage of Mark Zuckerberg’s VR glasses show the floating screens of Minority Report

META is testing a new feature for its Quest 3 headset that allows users to pull screens that rise into the air into their field of view.

The experimental feature allows users to move windows such as their browser or other applications around the screen.

Meta's Quest 3 glasses may soon give users the ability to drag up to three floating screens across their field of view

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Meta’s Quest 3 glasses may soon give users the ability to drag up to three floating screens across their field of viewCredit: Reuters
A data miner discovered the feature on the Meta Quest Public Test Channel, where users test updates before their full release

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A data miner discovered the feature on the Meta Quest Public Test Channel, where users test updates before their full releaseCredit: X/Lunayian

The Quest 3, released in October 2023, is a virtual reality headset – a pair of glasses with a screen that projects 3D digital images into a user’s field of vision.

The headset currently only supports three virtual windows placed side by side.

However, a data miner stumbled upon the new feature in version 67 of the Meta Quest Public Test Channel, where users can test software updates before their full release.

It looks like everyone may soon be able to move up to three two-dimensional windows — like your browser, settings, and library — while the other three remain docked.

The feature is reminiscent of the technology shown in 2002 movie Minority Reportbased on the 1956 short story of the same name.

Director Steven Spielberg recruited 15 experts to think of examples of technology that could exist in 2054.

In the film, Tom Cruise’s character can be seen manipulating a holographic wall of images and data as they float in front of him.

Based on footage from Quest 3, the technology may have arrived decades earlier than anticipated.

The feature is also drawing comparisons to Apple’s Vision Pro, which offers users the same ability to move windows FREELY. You can grab and drag the window bar to the side, closer or further away.

Both Quest 3 and Vision Pro are examples of mixed reality headsets.

Apple Vision Pro vs Meta Quest 3: What’s the difference?

AR vs. VR

You may have heard of augmented reality and virtual reality, commonly called AR and VR.

AR devices like Microsoft HoloLens and the original Google Glass are transparent.

This means you see everything in front of you, with images or text projected onto whatever you’re looking at.

VR, meanwhile, gives you the impression of being somewhere else by immersing you in a digital world.

Meta, headed by Mark Zuckerberg, has released different variations of its Quest headset, with the latest being a mixed reality model.

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Meta, headed by Mark Zuckerberg, has released different variations of its Quest headset, with the latest being a mixed reality model.Credit: Meta

Quest 3’s predecessor, Quest 2, is an example of a VR headset. It’s opaque rather than clear, meaning users can’t see their real-world surroundings.

Quest 3 falls into an in-between category known as mixed reality that seamlessly blends the lines between physical and digital.

He often adds overlays and actual objects to a virtually rendered world.

Examples Meta provides are “playing a virtual piano on the coffee table” and “opening a portal in your living room.”

What is VR? Virtual reality explained

Here’s what you need to know about the revolutionary technology…

  • Virtual reality allows you to experience and interact with a 3D world that is not real.
  • To enter this virtual world, you need to put on a VR helmet – a headset with a screen inside that makes you feel like you are somewhere else.
  • This eye-mounted display mixed with stereo sound and motion tracking allows you to explore this immersive virtual world.
  • You turn your head and the environment turns with you, making the illusion feel even more “real”.
  • Modern VR headsets started out as expensive PC-connected helmets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but cheaper options soon emerged, including affordable goggles like the Samsung Gear VR that work by plugging a smartphone into the headset.
  • Downloadable apps range from VR games to 360-degree videos created by publishers like the BBC and Discovery Channel.
  • They can transport you to 3D worlds that are not accessible in real life, like a trip to Mars or a spin behind the wheel of a futuristic sports car.
  • Until recently, these experiences relied on a PC or smartphone to create this virtual world.
  • But now headsets like the Meta Quest 3, Meta Quest Pro, and Apple Vision Pro all work using their own built-in computing systems

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