According to CNET, the newly renamed Meta company (formerly Facebook) has big plans for fitness and metadata.Meta has just acquired Within, a well-known subscription-based fitness company in Oculus Quest, and it has created an Oculus app called Supernatural.The app connects with Apple Watch to track real-time heart rate and works similarly to Apple Fitness Plus and Amazon’s upcoming Halo fitness video service.
Supernatural is one of the first subscription-based services on Oculus Quest (soon to be called Meta Quest). This app uses a video avatar of a coach combined with a workout program for exercise tracking (boxing has just been added), and sometimes feels like an upgraded version of the VR game Beat Saber.
“Our cooperation with Meta means that we will have more resources to expand and bring you more music, more creative fitness methods, more functions and more VR social experiences,” Chief Within Executive Chris Milk said in a statement on Friday.
This seems to be a move that allows Meta to develop more fitness and health aspirations on future headsets or other products. “We will also explore together how to enhance future hardware to support VR fitness applications and encourage other developers to bring new fitness experiences to VR. We believe that fitness will be a great success in VR, where multiple third parties Fitness apps can be successful,” Jason Rubin, Meta’s vice president of gaming, said in a statement.
Support to connect to a smart watch to read the heart rate in real time during exercise. This may be the most attractive feature of the app because it is suitable for Meta. Meta has its own exercise tracking fitness application on Oculus Quest, called Oculus Move, but it has not yet provided more in-depth support for connected smart watches. Mark Zuckerberg was interviewed by CNET earlier this year and expressed his interest in fitness and fitness sensors. Meta is expected to launch its own smart watch and is developing wrist-based neural input for future smart glassesAccessories.