Facebook may be coming to a store near you with Meta retail locations
While discussion has been on the cards for over a year now, people in the know believe the project can either be a retail store where all the tech planned by the company will be kept, or it may very well be an exhibition center where projects built by the company's Reality Labs division are kept to let the buyers get some physical experience of the products.
The story came to light as the New York Times got hold of documents that speak of a store the company had in mind.
These stores can feature Oculus Quest, Portal Gadgets, augmented-reality sunglasses being built in collaboration with Ray Ban named Stories, and other innovative tech creations that the company plans to launch.
According to reports, the main idea behind the store is to bring people close to the inventions and let them have hands-on experience so they can understand how the products feel and work.
The store is supposed to be very minimalist in its design, and it is supposed to use certain brand placements to maximize the effect.
But the company has not yet come out with a name yet. They have reportedly considered Facebook Hub, Facebook Commons, and Facebook Reality Store as possible options.
During the launch of Meta, Zuckerberg said: "Your devices won't be the focal point of your attention anymore. We're starting to see a lot of these technologies coming together in the next five or 10 years. A lot of this is going to be mainstream and a lot of us will be creating and inhabiting worlds that are just as detailed and convincing as this one, on a daily basis."
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