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Meta to Introduce Hands-Free WhatsApp Navigation


Last month, a series of leaks from Meta, discovered by XDA Developers, revealed numerous updates to the companys WhatsApp messaging application that sees the integration of new augmented reality (AR) functionalities for the service.

The code suggests that the Menlo Park-based firm is revising WhatsApp, its most popular messaging application, to support voice-activated assistance from individuals using the Ray-Ban Stories device.

In WhatsApp Beta version, lines of code suggest that WhatsApp users can soon send messages hands-free by using the voice assistance platform.

Additionally, the code reveals two WhatsApp graphics that suggest smart glasses integration and a secure end-to-end user encryption service for private messaging.

More on Ray-Ban and Meta Voice Assistants

In late 2021, Meta partnered with Ray-Ban to create the Stories AR smartglasses. Last month, Meta updated the device, adding transition lenses and extending its recording feature to support up to 60 seconds of user-created content.

In last months update, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg also announced that the product would become available in European regions, including Austria, Belgium, France, and Spain.

Additionally, Meta opened a real-world store last month that lets visitors try out the Ray-Ban Stories product. Also, the store allows Meta fans to try out Meta Quest hardware and software.

The Ray-Ban device contains two integrated 5MP cameras and three microphones, allowing the wearer to enjoy interactive games and experiences.

The device uses its onboard microphones to support voice-activated assistants enabling hands-free photo or video sharing, receiving calls, and communicating with others using the onboard artificial intelligence (AI) system.

Additionally, in last months Ray-Ban Stories update, Zuckerberg confirmed the inclusion of French and Italian support for the devices voice assistant tool.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg commented on the future of the device, adding:

Software updates will keep making the smart glasses even smarter over time.

The Menlo Park-based firm announced groundbreaking AI innovations during an online keynote in February highlighting Metas voice-activated assistant platform.

At the AI showcase, Meta introduced Project CAIRaoke, a conversational AI system that employs end-to-end neural models to generate fluid, conversational AI systems to advance digital assistants.

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