Mark Zucker­berg sees ‘wild’ fu­ture for vir­tual re­al­ity

The China Post - - MARKETS -

Face­book co-founder Mark Zucker­berg sees a wild fu­ture in store for vir­tual re­al­ity.

Dur­ing a writ­ten ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion avail­able at his Face­book page on Wed­nes­day, Zucker­berg said that the tech­nol­ogy will one day let peo­ple travel vir­tu­ally to places real or imag­ined.

“It will be pretty wild,” Zucker­berg said while field­ing queries from mem­bers of the lead­ing so­cial net­work. “Just like we cap­ture pho­tos and videos to­day and then share them on the In­ter­net to let oth­ers ex­pe­ri­ence them too, we’ll be able to cap­ture whole 3D scenes and cre­ate new en­vi­ron­ments and then share those with peo­ple as well.”

Face­book ex­ec­u­tives have laid out a fu­ture that in­cludes con­cep­tu­ally tele­port­ing so­cial net­work users with vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy from Ocu­lus, a tech­nol­ogy firm which Face­book bought last year in a deal val­ued at US$2 bil­lion. The lat­est ver­sion Ocu­lus head­gear, called Cres­cent Bay, was shown off at Face­book’s an­nual de­vel­oper con­fer­ence in San Fran­cisco last month.

“Vir­tual re­al­ity is po­ten­tially world­chang­ing and in­cred­i­bly cool and it is re­ally hap­pen­ing,” Ocu­lus chief sci­en­tist Michael Abrash told de­vel­op­ers at the gath­er­ing.

Abrash said that Ocu­lus would begin ship­ping vir­tual re­al­ity head­gear in quan­tity “be­fore too long.”

He pre­dicted that, over time, vir­tual re­al­ity will in­cor­po­rate body move­ments, nearby ob­jects, and users’ en­vi­ron­ments. Vir­tual re­al­ity gear is in the works from Ja­panese elec­tron­ics gi­ant Sony, while Valve and Tai­wan­based smart­phone maker HTC are work­ing to­gether on Vive vir­tual re­al­ity head­gear.

South Korean con­sumer elec­tron­ics ti­tan Sam­sung is field­ing Gear VR head­sets pow­ered by Ocu­lus tech­nol­ogy.

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