If you are a regular user of Facebook, then the term oculus would be familiar. To others, let it be known, that we are talking of one of the latest features that, until a few decades ago was all about science fiction. Virtual Reality has resurfaced in circa 2015 again, as many of the big technology companies make a bee-line to the next technology horizon. With the lines between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality blurring, it emerges that Virtual Reality is attracting all the investor and developer attention. For the end user, it is moving deeper into the 3-D world of viewing, entertainment, sports, edutainment, games and more.
Oculus at Facebook is all about Virtual Reality Dreams.
Virtual reality dreams
The social networking platform chose to launch the virtual reality tool, the Oculus Touch. The headset was originally developed by SanFrancisco based Oculus. However, to bring the headset in-line with end user expectations of ‘experience’ on the headset, it acquired the ‘Touch’ aspect. This has rendered the original headset called the ‘Rift’ with controllers which will allow users to have a more involved feel of virtual reality.
According to CTO at Facebook Mike Schroepfer, the use of controllers is to essentially allow users to enjoy many of the virtual games, which involve picking-up things such as a gun for shooting. Currently, this feature will be used for gaming purposes, however, the social networking site hopes to eventually have the feature become more productive. Users will be able to use the technology to put somethings or even people into virtual world. The ultimate virtual reality dream is about creating ‘virtual incarnations,’ technologists believe. It appears that Facebook Inc, will continue to accelerate work on developing virtual reality tools and features. Oculus is expected to set the benchmarks in this regard, given that FB spent as much as $2 billion to acquire Oculus for its Rift technology. The challenge for FB is to get the average social networker to pick the controller and don the Rift for a chat with others. Gamers have already begun doing this it will be a matter of time before networkers begin to do so.