During his live chat in Berlin on Thursday morning, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wants to be able to capture his daughter’s first steps in virtual reality.
“I’ve been thinking about when my daughter takes her first steps, how I want to capture it,” Zuckerberg said.
“When I took my first steps, my parents wrote it in a book with a pen. When my cousins’ child took her first steps, she took a picture with her camera. And when my older sister’s son took his first steps, she took a video on her smartphone.
"But when my daughter does, I hope we have a 360 camera that can capture the whole scene, so if my family isn’t there to experience it, I can send it to them afterwards — or it would be real-time enough where I could stream it to them live. They could put on a headset or get a message and feel like they’re really there and experiencing it.”
Zuckerberg used the example of capturing his daughter’s first steps to explain how technological progress has allowed people to communicate in increasingly richer media formats: first text, then photos, and now video.
"Just because we have video and photos and text doesn’t mean, in the future, you shouldn’t be able to capture a whole room or a whole setting and see it using either a headset or a different sort of device,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook is deeply invested in virtual reality. The company purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014 — and now, two years later, Facebook already has a mobile platform for virtual reality (Samsung’s Gear VR) and it will soon release its PC-based high-end VR headset, the Oculus Rift. That headset costs $600 (without the PC required to run it) and starts shipping March 28.
“I think [VR] is going to be really profound,” Zuckerberg said. “Not only being able to capture real things in a much more visceral way, but being able to construct different things that wouldn’t be possible.”
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