The Meta Connect conference held earlier this week had various announcements about $1,500 Quest Pro Headphones arrive company’s partnership with Microsoft to bring productivity tools to VR. However, perhaps one of the most discussed updates is Meta has finally made its way to its virtual avatars.
Up to the present time, users of Horizon Worlds – which is Meta’s virtual world experience – have amputated legs in the name of avatars. Many people find it strange that their body just hovers in digital space without any legs. (Check out the video below to see what these avatars look like.)
The Connect conference demo presented by Mark Zuckerberg featured an avatar of himself and another Meta exec Aigerim Shorman jumping and kicking around. However, the demo of Meta’s feet has one highlight: it uses motion capture technology instead of VR-based tracking to make that happen.
Meta said to UploadVR’s Ian Hamilton that it used animation for the demo. “To enable this preview of what’s to come, the segment features animations generated from the motion capture feature,” the company told the publication.
Capturing leg movements from a head-worn VR device is difficult. Even Microsoft has struggled with matching internal pins the first version of its virtual world experience. While some VR experiences show a virtual leg, they can’t actually track the real-time movement of your foot – and users have mixed reactions to that.
We may have to wait until next year to get the legged avatars of Meta in World Horizon. In addition, as UploadVR Note, the company is showing the guesswork of other people’s feet, but you may not be able to see your own avatar’s feet.
So feet in the virtual world may not be as good as in real life for a while. As Mark Zuckerberg said during the presentation, “Seriously, legs are hard!”