[REVIEW] : WEB Meta finally resumes service on March 28

The program put in place by the CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

CNBC reports that the return to office date that was scheduled for the end of this month has moved to March 28. These abrupt schedule changes are unlikely to make it easy for company employees.

Note that in December 2020, the COVID-19 vaccine was not mandatory within the Meta company, clarified the CEO himself. All employees had the choice to be vaccinated or not. This decision came from the fact that the company hoped to continue remote activities until July 2021. Some offices were finally opened in May. In June, Mark Zuckerberg reconsiders his decision. He proclaims that either employees seek permission from a manager to work from home or they will expect him to come into the office for at least half of the week.

The arrival of the delta variant of the vaccine changes everything

Vaccination requirements for employees in the Meta company have automatically changed. The business plans a full reopening in October. Zuckerberg, in August last year, extended his return to the company until January 2022. Since during this winter, Omicron was extending, so the company offered some workers the freedom to delay returning to work for three to five months through a deferral program. In addition, the requirements of this new date of March 28 require that employees receive a vaccine booster each time.

Several tech companies analogous to Meta, like Apple, Microsoft, Google and others have indefinitely postponed reopening their businesses in the face of so much ambiguity. META is available for integrated moderators at the headquarters in Mountain View. They were to make themselves available for office work on January 24, a week before full-time workers. There was no other alternative. After many expressions of internal disagreement from the workers, the contractor Accenture then reconsidered this initiative.

Meta Facebook smartwatch patent shows detachable screen and camera

In June 2021, we first heard rumors of an upcoming Facebook (or Meta, as it’s now called) smartwatch, and then in October an image of the device surfaced.

Now Dutch outlet LetsGoDigital has uncovered patent information that says more about the device.

As previously reported, the device will have a detachable screen, but now we have information on how it might work.

The patent details two smartwatches, one with a square screen very similar to the image leaked in October, and the other with a more traditional circular bezel.

We’ll be interested to see if the rotation mechanism is just for camera selection or if the watch will have a single sensor and rotating the screen puts different lenses in front of it, either way it’s a concept intriguing.

The screen on both models will be held in place by magnets and is detachable. The round dial version will have five fixed positions it can be rotated to, while the square watch will have four.

Cameras can be used to take photos and videos, as you’d expect, but the documentation hints that Meta has bigger plans for watches.

The documentation focuses on the planned AR and VR integrations and suggests that the many built-in sensors will help with this one way or another.

The watches house body temperature sensors, heart rate monitors, motion sensors, and activity recognition sensors.

These sensors are pretty common among all smartwatches, so we’re not sure exactly how Meta plans to use them to further VR and AR experiences, but we’re excited to find out.

Meta Watch: the Facebook watch would have three photo sensors designed for virtual reality

After the Portal connected screens and the Oculus virtual reality headsets, the Meta group could go further in the design of devices. Last October, the Bloomberg agency gave us an overview of a connected watch developed for the group behind Facebook. This time, it’s the turn of the Dutch site LetsGoDigital to provide more information on this Meta Watch project.

As usual, it is thanks to various patents that the Dutch site was able to get an idea of ​​what the Meta Watch, the manufacturer’s first connected watch, would look like. This would above all aim for use within the framework of the metaverse, whether in virtual reality or augmented reality.

Thus, it would not benefit from the classic functions expected of a smartwatch, such as the heart rate sensor, the display of notifications or the counter of the number of steps taken. No, the Meta Watch would in fact benefit from a particularly original design, with a removable screen that could come out of the watch case as revealed by a first patent.

A WATCH EQUIPPED WITH SEVERAL CAMERAS

In addition, as Bloomberg already indicated last October thanks to an illustration, Meta’s watch would be equipped with at least one camera integrated into the screen thanks to a small notch. According to the information accumulated by LetsGoDigital, however, it would not be a notch, but a punch. In addition to this main photo sensor, Meta would have planned to integrate two other cameras, an ultra wide-angle module and a module with telephoto or fisheye optics.

“Facebook’s watch would come with a second screen, also with multiple cameras — with different lens types. The second display would have the same format as the first. The user can easily remove the screen from its chassis. The case then remains on the user’s wrist with the bracelet. The screen can be changed, but also used for virtual, mixed or augmented reality,” says LetsGoDigital.

It is precisely on this point that the Meta watch could stand out from its competitors. According to the Dutch site, the objective of this watch would not be so much to offer health data as to serve in the context of virtual reality, with Oculus, or augmented reality, with the famous Cambria project. “The interest of integrating several cameras is essentially for the possibilities offered in the context of virtual, augmented or mixed reality”, analyzes LetsGoDigital. Indeed, in this context, the sensors of the watch could easily locate the user in space. In addition, the removable screens could also serve as a screen as part of a virtual reality headset.

Of course, for the time being it is only a Meta patent and there is no indication that these projects will ever materialize. These analyzes should therefore be taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, the fact that Bloomberg has already announced Meta’s ambitions in the field of connected watches tends to show that this is not a simple desire, but a product in development at the Menlo giant. Park.

The Meta (Facebook) smartwatch would have 3 photo sensors and a detachable rotating screen

META DESIGNS A WATCH WITH MORE PHOTO LENS WHOSE SCREEN IS DETACHABLE AND ROTATING

This week, we learn that Meta’s smartwatch project could be much more ergonomically innovative. A patent was filed on June 24, 2021 by the firm with the global intellectual property management body, WIPO. The latter has validated and published the patent on January 13, 2022. A document of about fifty pages which reveals a watch whose screen is detachable. In the description, we can read that “the invention relates to a portable device comprising a strap, a base (…), a removable connected display (…), as well as a camera integrated inside the display”.

The most amazing thing about this concept is obviously the detachable screen that can “rotate around the perimeter of the base in order to adjust the orientation of the camera”. If the first drawing (at the top of this article) reveals a rectangular model type Apple Watch with a single camera, the second drawing shows another model, with a circular screen like a Galaxy Watch, also seems to be envisioned with two or even three camera lenses. By rotating the screen, the user can change the lens in front of the sensor and thus change the viewing angle or use.

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