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Facebook Is Developing An AI Assistant For Oculus Headsets

April 18, 2019 / JAMIE FELTHAM

Which has the better ring to it, “Hey, Oculus?” or “Okay, Oculus”? I’m asking because Facebook’s VR headsets could soon have an AI voice assistant of their own.CNBC first reported that the social networking giant was building a new voice assistant to work across multiple platforms. A Facebook spokesperson since confirmed the news to us with the following statement: “We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products.”Oculus is handling a lot of Facebook’s VR and AR efforts but the Portal group is working in these areas too alongside new camera tech.Theoretically, such an assistant could give VR users hands-free control of the Oculus platform. Every existing and upcoming Oculus headset (Rift, Go, Quest and Rift S) features a built-in microphone. You could use that to, say, summon Oculus Dash without pressing the menu button, or m...