On his facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg has announced the purchase of Oculus VR, a virtual reality technology company. This technology is not just something that is theoretical but has been tested and has wowed many who have used it.
In acquiring the company, Zuckerberg said that the first obvious application for the technology is immersive gaming. Using the Oculus Rift headset, a user does not just see the gaming world on a flat screen but is immersed into it. Gamers have actually been anticipating the Oculus Rift for a few years now and facebook’s purchase of the technology will undoubtedly open the platform to many different games.
But this virtual reality technology is not just for gamers or even entertainment junkies. While it is possible to envision donning a headset that allows a user to feel as if they are sitting at the 50 yard line of an NFL game, there are some really great real world applications as well.
For instance, a person could sit in on a classroom half a world away and learn from some of the greatest teachers in the world. Or they could speak face to face with a doctor instead of traveling three hours to see a specialist for a consultation. While some of these things are already possible through video conferencing technology, Oculus VR seeks to make the experience much more lifelike as if a person was actually present.
Zuckerberg sees the virtual reality technology as a communications tool and he hopes to enhance it. While the initial goals of the company remain intact, with more resources it is hoped that the technology can come out faster and even more applications can be made for it.
The full post can be found here or you can read the full text below.
“I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology.
“Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the people you care about. We have a lot more to do on mobile, but at this point we feel we’re in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences.
“This is where Oculus comes in. They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives.
“Oculus’s mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences.
“Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform. We’re going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.
“But this is just the start. After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.
“This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.
“These are just some of the potential uses. By working with developers and partners across the industry, together we can build many more. One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.
“Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together. I can’t wait to start working with the whole team at Oculus to bring this future to the world, and to unlock new worlds for all of us.”
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