But in truth, there is very little tangible information on their website - or anywhere else, for that matter. There are some basic specs about the hardware listed, a mention that the glasses will be running off of Unity, a beautiful concept video, and lots of articles with a few minor demonstrations.
As a developer, this leaves me constantly guessing. And I don't really like to guess, I like to know. So through various sources (hounding the Meta team), I've managed to unveil a few minor details. With them I've decided to start a list I call, "Meta Bits - Your source for previously unknown minor details about the Meta Space Glasses until they are released to developers in the Winter." Long name, I know. I encourage anybody with more information to add to this list, as they see fit.
Meta Bits - Your source for previously unknown minor details about the Meta Space Glasses until they are released to developers in the Winter
- The glasses will be running a Unity-based desktop, and through that desktop the user will be able to open certain files and programs. For access to all windows-based programs, the team suggests using Unity's own Virtual Desktop (I haven't actually found a Virtual Desktop that can be run in Unity). Meta doesn't officially support this, though.
- What is displayed by the glasses doesn't necessarily move with the movement of the head. For example, say you are looking at some virtual picture, and you wan to fix that picture in some point in space. You can do that, and look a way. When you look back, it's exactly where you hung it. Or, if you want that picture to be fixed in your Field of View, you can do that, too.
- The device will be using the SoftKinect DS325 for monitoring movements, and the IISU middleware for programming needs. The SoftKinect does not do body tracking, only short range tracking and hand tracking. The IISU pro will be shipping free with the Meta SDK (so you'll be saving $750).
- They know about the problems Oculus Rift had with Customs, and they're going to try and avoid them.
That's it for now. But you can be sure I'll be adding to this list in the coming weeks and months.