Facebook Virtual Reality Apps Are In Works
The virtual reality (VR) technology has expanded from top government agencies like NASA and NSA to tech companies that are determined to provide virtual reality experience to common users. Latest among the companies working on virtual reality is Facebook, which is reportedly working on apps for VR.
The apps would allow users to perform all the functions, which are supported by Facebook mobile apps, in a virtual reality environment. Facebook acquired Oculus Rift for about $2 billion less than a year ago. It showed Facebook’s interest in virtual reality technology but we didn’t hear much about VR from Facebook’s side until now.
Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, discussed what the company thinks about VR and how it thinks VR will come in handy for Facebook. He revealed that Facebook is working on versions of its apps for use in a virtual reality environment.
“I mean, virtual reality is pretty cool. We’re working on apps for VR,” Chris Cox told Recode’s Peter Kafka onstage Tuesday night at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
He said that people are sharing photos, videos, and thoughts on Facebook all time, but through these apps they will be “sending a fuller picture.”
Cox did not explain how these apps would work. It is unclear how people would provide input in such an environment, and how they would “write” posts. But we can say it would be something completely different from the mechanisms that we have today.
Talking about when can we expect to see these apps in future, Cox said there is still a long way to go. The apps are in works and nowhere near completion.
When Mark Zuckerberg announced the acquisition of Oculus in March 2014, he said he saw applications of virtual reality beyond games. He believed VR could be used in medicine, communication, and education.
However he focused on applications of VR in communications. Although Chris Cox has not mentioned how these apps would work, Zuckerberg hinted about it in his blog post almost an year ago. He said people would be able to share entire experiences and let their friends get a “feel” of experience too.
For example, you could share your experience from a beach and your friends would be able to feel it using their VR headsets. Quite fascinating!
In addition to that, Facebook’s apps would let users create VR content in an easy manner. In response to a question about whether people would be able to create content easily, Chris Cox said, “Totally. You’ll do it, Beyoncé will do it.”