Facebook is still one of the most popular social media companies out there, and they have been pushing the industry forward for some time. That's why it shouldn't come as a shock that they are going to be the ones moving forward with VR. People wear a VR headset, like the one in the header photo, for the purpose of blocking out the real world and entering a virtual. This seems to go against what social media is, but the social networking giant demonstrated "social VR" at the developer conference yesterday.
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Social VR will connect two or more people in the virtual world. The idea was shown in front of a live audience in San Francisco, where Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer put on one of the VR headsets and "teleported" to London where he met with another Facebook employee who was wearing a headset at the company's Menlo Park, California location. Though the two didn't actually meet, the headsets allowed them to chat and experience London together. They even took a selfie and shared it directly to a Facebook page.
Facebook product manager Mike Beltzer said that they are thinking about virtual reality in this way. They have worked up to five people interacting at once, according to Value Walk.
Now, Facebook isn't going to publicly release these features anytime soon. Instead, they are showing them in hopes to create something like eventually. The goal is to create a world where people can play cards with their friends, visit their parents, or even attend a concert together, all while sitting at home.
The head of Oculus research, Yaser Sheikh, explained on stage Wednesday, “Proximity will no longer determine with whom people spend their time with.”
In order for it to all work, they need to make the avatars feel real. They can't look like cartoons or Sims characters. Instead, they have to feel real. But they have plans.
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“You want to be able to scan yourself pretty quickly and have your own self in there,” the executive said.