Meta, the technology giant, has unveiled exciting developments for Quest headsets, promising to bring avatars closer to reality. In a recent announcement at Connect 2023, Meta showcased these new features that will revolutionize the world of virtual reality.
Inside Out Body Tracking (IOBT) for Quest 3
One of the groundbreaking features exclusively available for Quest 3 users is the “Inside Out Body Tracking” (IOBT). This cutting-edge technology utilizes inside-out sensor data to optically track various parts of the upper body. The IOBT system can accurately monitor your wrists, elbows, shoulders, and even your torso. Notably, it doesn’t stop at the upper body; IOBT also extends its reach to your legs, enabling avatars to replicate realistic movements, including bending forward and peering over cliffs.
Meta takes avatars a step closer to realism by using upper body data to extrapolate lower body actions. Unlike traditional inverse kinematics (IK)-based methods, this approach promises more natural and fluid movements for avatars. By capturing your upper body’s actions, IOBT can mimic leg movements with greater authenticity, making your avatar feel more lifelike than ever.
Generative Legs for Quest 2/3/Pro
But the innovation doesn’t stop with Quest 3. Meta is also introducing “Generative Legs” for Quest 2, Quest 3, and Quest Pro users. Expected to roll out in December, this developer tool focuses on creating lifelike leg movements, enhancing the overall VR experience. Whether you’re standing, sitting, or walking, Generative Legs adds authenticity to your avatar’s movements. It’s even capable of supporting actions like jumping, ducking, and squatting.
Generative Legs is a remarkable addition, offering a more natural gait when walking and ensuring that your avatar replicates your movements with precision. However, it’s essential to note that this technology isn’t equipped to account for individual leg movements, such as those offered by dedicated trackers like SteamVR tracking pucks or Sony’s Mocapi motion capture device. As a result, you won’t see your avatar performing karate kicks or breakdance moves.
Advancements Over Traditional Inverse Kinematics
While it has its limitations, Generative Legs showcases significant improvements over traditional inverse kinematics (IK) methods. The IOBT technology, combined with Generative Legs, elevates the overall VR experience, making avatars look and move more convincingly than ever before.
A Glimpse into the Future
It’s remarkable how far virtual reality technology has come, and Meta’s Quest Dev Tools are taking the industry one step closer to achieving seamless immersion. Quest users may not be performing fancy footwork like CEO Mark Zuckerberg did during Connect 2022, but the advancements are undeniable. As Meta continues to innovate, the line between the virtual and real world blurs, offering users an experience that’s as close to reality as ever.