Making a Virtual Reality selfie, or using the technology for more than just games is where Facebook believes the market will go, as discussed in their F8 conference. Going beyond the selfie, people will be able to jump into an experience together from different locations to create their own virtual interactions.
Author: Brett Molina
Selfies aren’t just for the real world any more.
During the F8 developers conference in San Francisco today, Facebook demonstrated what a social experience might feel like in virtual reality, one of three key areas the social network says it’s focusing on as part of its 10-year road map.
VR is one of several pillars in Facebook’s ambitious plan to connect everyone on Earth under the Facebook umbrella of technology. Artificial intelligence and connectivity via drones, satellites and lasers also plan major roles in the technology road map.
The demo featured Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer and a colleague located at the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters jumping into VR to hang out.
A highlight: Schroepfer and a colleague in London snapping a selfie using a virtualselfie stick, with Big Ben in the background. Users during this social experience are presented in avatar form (picture two heads floating around).
The experience also allows users to doodle pictures for friends, such as the ties crafted for Schroepfer and his colleague during the demo. After taking the picture, a box appears where the user can virtually drop their photo into a slot and watch it “beam up” onto their Facebook wall. Although most of the buzz involving virtual reality stems from the video game market, both Oculus and Zuckerberg have hinted at the possibilities of VR in other industries including medicine and education.
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