tech2 News StaffFeb 19, 2015 12:56:09 IST
Virtual Reality headsets are in vogue this week, thanks to reports which highlighted that Apple had filed a patent for its own headset that would use the iPhone as the display.
Now Facebook has revealed that it is working on its own virtual-reality apps for the headsets. According to Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, the company is working on apps for VR that would allow users and even celebrities to create their own virtual-reality based content. Cox made the remarks during Re/Code's media conference in California.
Facebook bought Oculus Rift last year for nearly $2 billion, indicating that it was not going to be left behind when it came to the virtual reality revolution.
Cox was quoted by Re/Code as saying, “You realize, when you’re in it (VR headset), that you’re looking at the future, and it’s going to be awesome. When you’re in Facebook, you’re just sending around these bits of experience — a photo, a video, a thought." He added that with VR "you could be sending a fuller picture.'"
When asked if people would make the virtual reality content, he replied in the affirmative. What Cox didn't offer was details on how this content would be created, given that it requires considerable equipment and skill to do such production work.
Cox also admitted that this is still a long way from reality and will probably take time to evolve. We're guessing once VR becomes more common, these apps could hold the key to how Facebook itself might evolve in the future.
However, for now virtual reality headsets are generating considerable interest. There is Samsung's Gear VR headset which has been developed by Oculus and uses the Note 4 as a display screen.
Last month, Microsoft showcased its own take on VR with the HoloLens Headset. Microsoft’ product relies on holograms to transform physical objects in the room into digital objects with which users can physically interact.
Google’s Cardboard is another simple and inexpensive contraption. It lets users turn cardboard into a virtual reality headset by just putting in a smartphone and then using the enabled apps. Now with Facebook talking about allowing users the create their VR content, the buzz on what the future of this technology holds will only get louder.