Facebook reveals new VR socializing plans to enable “teleportation”

Facebook reveals new VR socializing plans to enable “teleportation”
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hailed the technology as an easy way for friends to connect via “teleportation”
  • The new innovations are expected to create more planet-friendly and convenient means of socializing
Social media giant Facebook has recently revealed the first of its latest wave of VR innovations, aimed at facilitating effective “teleportation” over the next 10 years. One of the innovations being tested include a wristwatch that can read nervous signals to monitor hand movements, with the hope that the data could one day enable the user to control virtual space. Since the acquisition of VR company Oculus by Facebook in 2014, the division’s main focus has been on gaming experiences, a relatively niche industry where it has held a prominent position. Facebook has now unveiled its plans to bring augmented reality and virtual reality into the mainstream. The company’s Reality Labs, in its new 10-year plan published earlier in the week, laid out its plan to achieve its target of a contextually aware interface powered by AI, designed for augmented reality glasses that can utilize the information shared by the user to predict their preferences. Michael Abrash, chief scientist of the research division has reportedly stated that in order for AR to truly become ubiquitous, a readily available, low friction technology is crucial, which is intuitive enough to become an extension of the user’s body. However, human interfaces still have along road ahead to achieve this ability, he added, which is why the company will have to work towards inventing a new interface, a VR equivalent of a regular computer mouse, that can position them at the center of the computing experience. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has apparently envisioned a future where users can “teleport” themselves instantly rather than voice or video calling, creating a more immersive and personal interactive experience for the users.