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Facebook just made VR selfie sticks a thing


During the second day of the Facebook F8 conference, the company showed the latest demonstration of its ToyBox prototype virtual reality software. But it offered a huge twist: VR selfies.

In his speech, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer put an Oculus Rift headset and met another person in virtual reality in a remote location. In the first version of this ToyBox demo we saw in October, which was a near real-time play tennis. But this time, after a short conversation, Schroepfer traveled with his friend in an immersive environment, 360 London.

Once there, the hacker played guide, showing the carrier Oculus on stage around a static image 360 degrees London. It was impressive because it showed the possibilities inherent to tourism VR. Using a system of this type, with a helmet Oculus, a local tour guide could give another person a complete tour of a place without anyone getting on an airplane.


But no trip is complete without a autofoto, and that was when Facebook blew our minds. The hacker took a autofoto VR stick, which was a virtual mirror at the end, and put his head VR side of the head Schroepfer VR, which allows them to have an RV autofoto together in London from the comfort of your own remote environments.

And after autofoto VR, Facebook showed how users can post it on your Facebook page by dropping in a “mailbox” and watch the VR obtain beams in the sky (ending in the timeline).


Of course, autofoto not show their real faces, but rare, polygonal drawings of their faces, but the show was nevertheless surprising. And it is likely a matter of time before they manage to get real faces in this type of environment – and that’s when things get really interesting. This demonstration was only a prototype and not available, but still … wow.

In recent weeks, Oculus has fueled anger in line because of problems with sending the first generation Oculus Rift. But today’s event can take at least a few users to rethink their impatience with the company and have another look. autofotos RVs are too cool to resist.

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Paul Morris

Paul Morris is an entrepreneur, consultant and author. He is an advisor at Xpert Automation, a tech-based business incubator focused on scalable startups, and founder of ContentFy.


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