Here’s a good question for you: what happens when you cross a popular social media platform like Facebook with virtual reality? The answer to this question is a unique online environment, where you can use life-inspired avatars to interact with your acquaintances in real time.
During the recent F8 conference, Zuckerberg announces that the company is ready to launch its very first VR-based version of the popular Facebook. Entitled Spaces, this novel social media platform harnesses the unending powers of VR technology to bring you ever closer to your friends and family members.
What’s Facebook Planning?
Of course, the use of virtual reality is not anymore considered a daring move. Since the arrival of VR-ready headsets on the market, such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Samsung’s Gear VR, or HTC’s Vive, developers have begun to create outstanding applications which immerse players into another world.
While the gaming industry is probably the first beneficiary of the new virtual reality technology, it would seem that others have decided to join the VR race. For example, VR headsets are being used by NASA to simulate the upcoming trip to the Red Planet. Surgeons also make use of VR-based technology to see the outcome of certain procedures.
And now, it would seem that the most popular social media platform has decided to implement the VR technology, in order to create a unique environment where users can interact with each other even if they separated by long distances.
What is Facebook Spaces?
Spaces, Facebook’s newest application is a new way of communicating with the people from your friend’s list. Instead of relying on posting pics on someone’s wall or sending messages on chat or commenting on pictures, you will now be able to tell all those things to that person face-to-face, sort of.
Spaces will create a VR replica of its users, based on the person’s profile pictures. With this avatar, you will be able to create your own Space aka virtual world and invite various people. There, you will be able to chat using Facebook’s voice call, look at pictures and videos together, take selfies or group pictures, and even play your favorite Facebook game.
The VR-based platform even has advanced control features. According to Zuckerberg, Spaces doesn’t want to intrude on a person’s privacy, meaning that people will be able to join your Space only if you allow them. Facebook Spaces can be downloaded for free from Oculus Rift’s online store, and it requires the headset and the controllers.
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