Facebook aims to build a teleporter of sorts by 2025 by using virtual reality to whisk you away to somewhere new.
This is the basic premise as a whole, but Facebook hopes that its virtual reality is so immersive that it actually tricks your mind into believing you are somewhere else.
Chief technical officer at Facebook, Mike Schroepfer, explains that the company “wants to build a device that allows you to be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries.” The next big social network could be virtual reality.
Facebook says that it has to work on elements of virtual reality that make it feel fake. It says that users need to be able to see both themselves and others, be able to interact with the world, mimick actual environments, and let people build their own virtual reality worlds and objects without needing technical skills.
Facebook’s first foray into virtual reality will come with the release of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, which will be released next year. But it has grander plans in store that could change how we interact with others.