Oculus demos augmented social virtual reality with facial tracking

Oculus demos augmented social virtual reality with facial tracking

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Today on stage at Oculus’ Connect conference, Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated a new facial tracking social VR experience that overlays VR avatars of friends elsewhere on top of your vision.

Zuckerberg said the first step to the VR revolution is “getting the basic hardware out there” which Oculus, HTC, and others are doing. He admitted the Rift rolled out with “a little bit of a slow start” but its going well now. Next will be getting great software experiences built for that hardware. Zuckerberg’s 10 to 15-year goal is getting VR and AR into a set of traditional eye glasses, not a bulky headset.

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Zuckerberg teased the announcement last night with a photo of him and Facebook’s product manager for social VR Michael Booth both wearing headsets together (seen above).

Booth was who demoed the VR selfie stick, explorable 360 photo spheres, and virtual mailbox for sharing at Facebook’s F8 conference last April.

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Zuckerberg has been pointing to the social networking potential of VR since Facebook acquired Oculus, saying “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.”

While VR is largely thought of as a gaming platform, it could help Facebook accomplish its mission by bringing you closer with friends and family far away.

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