Facebook Goes Virtual

By Kelly Gerrish and David Flynn

Virtual reality might finally reach the mainstream after Facebook spent $2bn (£1.2bn) buying a manufacturer of futuristic headsets that take control of a person’s vision.

Oculus is the maker of the distinctive Rift headset, which looks like a giant pair of diving goggles. When strapped onto a person’s face, they transport the wearer into a world of new experience. There is a screen for each eye, displaying high-resolution video generated by a computer.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he’s going to “make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting a doctor face-to-face – just by putting on goggles in your home.”

This technology opens the door to a new world of interaction in communications, media, entertainment and education and raises the question ‘what else is possible?’ Hover boards and time travel may not be that far away.

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