The recently renamed Meta (previously Facebook) has great plans for health and the metaverse. Meta just got one of Oculus Quest’s more well-known subscription-based fitness businesses, Within, which offers an Oculus app named Supernatural. The app joins with Apple Watches to track real-time heart rate, acting similarly to Apple Fitness Plus and Amazon’s future Halo fitness video service.
Supernatural was one of the earliest subscription-based services on the Oculus Quest (soon to be named the Meta Quest). The app, which uses video avatars of tutors in combination with motion-tracked exercise methods (boxing was just added), sometimes seems like a ramped-up fitness redaction of the VR game Beat Saber.
“Our cooperation with Meta means we will have more means to expand and bring you even more music, more creative methods to work out, more innovations, and more social encounters for VR,” Within CEO Chris Milk said in a comment Friday.
It looks like progress that could let it develop more fitness and health ambitions on future headsets or products. “Collectively we will also explore ways we can improve future hardware to promote VR fitness apps, encouraging other developers to produce new fitness experiences to VR. We understand fitness will be a massive achievement in VR where multiple third-party fitness apps can work,” Meta VP of Play Jason Rubin told in a remark.
Support for connected smartwatches for live heart rate readings during exercises may be the app’s most interesting feature as it utilizes Meta. Meta has its own movement-tracking health app on the Oculus Quest called Oculus Move, but no deeper support for connected smartwatches yet. Mark Zuckerberg spoke to CNET earlier this year, expressing an interest in both fitness and fitness sensors. Meta is expected to be making its own smartwatch and is working on wrist-based neural input accessories for future smart glasses.