As with everything, Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn VR into something that can be social. Perhaps that’s the reason why he spent some time recently playing VR ping pong with the president of Indonesia, and showing the president of Singapore some VR dinosaurs. “What people care about is interacting with another person.” Zuck told Wired magazine. Supposedly, Mark envisions VR not only as a place to play games with people who might be far away, but also just a way to interact with people. Perhaps in the future we will attend meetings in virtual conference rooms, spend virtual holidays with our families and have virtual movie nights with our loved ones who are far away.
The reason why this seems possible is that all of the tech giants seem to have the same vision for the future. Google invested $500 million in Giant Leap, an augmented reality competitor to Facebook’s Oculus Rift, and Microsoft unveiled its own VR headset called the Hololens. Google already has Google Cardboard, an affordable headset that works with your Android smartphone, and they are also working on a more powerful headset, as is Apple.
Facebook is now starting to build social apps for their Oculus device. They haven’t said exactly what that means, but it’s something that Zuck has apparently been dreaming of ever since he got his first computer around age 10. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are definitely the way of the future. Already, according to Facebook, people have used Oculus Rift headsets to view one million hours of video and Google Cardboard headsets have been released to 5 million people, and those users have downloaded a total of 25 million VR apps to use with it.
Would you like to have Thanksgiving dinner with your family via VR? Do you think that is in the future?
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