The first consumer version of the Oculus Rift is not even available till Q1 of next year, yet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already imagining what a future Oculus Rift may look like.
I’m sure Mark has lofty goals for his US$2 billion purchase of Oculus last year. During a Facebook town hall on the 14th June, Zuckerberg theorized the Rift will eventually lose its visor-like appearance and eventually resemble a pair of glasses.
Eventually, the headset won’t need to be tethered to a computer to work, so people can move around freely while wearing it, Zuckerberg said.
Mark will be looking for opportunities to grow Facebook into VR imagines people will use their virtual reality glasses to open photo albums, re-size images and view them through the headsets instead of pulling out their phones from pockets or purses.
Zuckerberg predicted that it will take between 5 and 12 years before this technology works reliably and the headset becomes affordable for people.
A timeline of a decade or longer before virtual reality becomes mainstream didn't keep Facebook from pursuing Oculus. It purchased the company knowing “there’s a ton of work ahead” but with the understanding that virtual reality is the next computing platform, Zuckerberg said.
Oculus and Palmer Luckey previously stated their interest in being acquired by Facebook since the social media company has the capital to invest in developing a virtual reality platform.
Much of the work ahead in the 5-12 year time frame is not just hardware but software. Software within VR is still in its infancy. There is a lot of work ahead rewriting apps for virtual reality environments where people don’t use a screen to interact with a computer, Zuckerberg said.
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