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    February 19, 2015

    Facebook developing virtual reality versions of their apps

    Virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) seems to be the latest tech trend these days. From crazy headgear like the Oculus Rift to the “do-it-yourself” Google Cardboard VR. To support these viewing technologies you have to have the software side come to the party as well.

    Facebook is currently developing VR versions of their apps. Speaking at Recode‘s Code Media conference in Dana Point, CA, Chris Cox, the company’s head of product, Facebook’d VR app versions are well on its way, but shouldn’t be expected to see the light of day very soon.

    Cox stated – “We’re working on apps for VR.” Cox didn’t describe the apps in detail, but imagined a world where users will be able to share their current environment with other users using an app. He imagined that it could become an everyday way of sharing. “You’ll do it. Beyoncé will do it,” using her as a generic example for celebrities.

    Even though Facebook is working hard on the VR tech, it won’t be released any time soon. “We’re a long way away from everyone having those headsets,” added Cox. Facebook are definitely betting that VR will be big in the near future, even buying the VR hardware company Oculus Rift for $2 billion last year. With the acquisition Mark Zuckerberg stated that the Oculus’ technology appears to be headed for the core Facebook experience as well.

    “Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.” Theese experiences now seem to be a bit closer to reality.

    It will be interesting to see just how Facebook will make the use of VR and their apps as seamless as possible. I guess the first obstacle will be to make VR devices a mainstream product. I do however think that if there is an innovative company that can make VR an everyday thing, its Facebook.

    Source: TheVerge  – Picture: Bidness-ETC

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