The only thing that really interests me about the Cambria is the self tracking controllers. I expect this technology to at least potentially be the first time we’ve seen better than Basestation tracking. It could offer the same high precision accuracy while being much harder to occlude or otherwise foul. This same technology could be adapted to FBT pucks. So this could be the start of a revolution that sees the end of Basestations while also making FBT much more broadly available.
I wonder if this is a direction Pimax will be going. The 12K as announced will be coming with the older style passive inside out controllers. But there’s no reason why self tracking controllers couldn’t be used with the 12K in combination with its inside out sleeve.
In fact, here’s a wacky thought. Could the Cambria controllers themselves be used with the 12K? In terms of hardware, I expect this is possible. But surely Meta won’t allow that sort of configuration in their software. But maybe a third party or open source will develop software that can do it.
Other than that, Cambria and Apple’s headset seem positioned to compete with each other in AR. And I’m expecting both of them to flop. I don’t think the technology is there yet for AR to take off. I think these are early devices which will be pioneers in advancing that technology, but I think they’re too early to be satisfying more than development and niche cases. Yet I think both of them are being positioned as if to appeal to a more mass market, and that’s why I think they’re going to flop. A bunch of people are going to buy them and be quickly disappointed and put them on the shelf to collect dust as soon as the novelty wears off.
I just haven’t heard any convincing answers for what use cases these devices in their current state are able to solve.
In particular, I think AR needs to be usable in public. These devices are not fashionable, and I think very few people will be willing to wear them in public. They have to get a lot smaller before they can become stylish enough. This is going to be the major non-technical barrier to adoption of AR technology.