Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off VR Tech in his Oculus Lab Tour

Monday, 13 February 2017 - 7:44PM
Virtual Reality
Monday, 13 February 2017 - 7:44PM
Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off VR Tech in his Oculus Lab Tour
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Mark Zuckerberg recently documented his journey to the Oculus Research Lab in Redmond, Washington on his public Facebook account. Seeing as Facebook is the parent company of Oculus VR, it makes sense that Zuckerberg would want to keep an eye on the company's virtual reality developments.

In his post, Zuckerberg shared pictures of some impressive features and equipment in the lab, and gushes like a proud dad about the new innovations happening at Oculus, like the "advanced optics, eye tracking, mixed reality, and new ways to map the human body."


Included in the tour is an anechoic chamber for performing sound experiments. Anechoic means "free from echoes and reverberations," and upon it's completion, it's designed to be so quiet that you can hear your own heartbeat. This addition of a noise vacuum chamber bodes well for the sound quality of the Oculus Rift and similar tech as it develops.



In one picture, he stops to pose like Spider-Man while trying out the new VR gloves in development.
Opening quote
"We're working on new ways to bring your hands in virtual and augmented reality. Wearing these gloves, you can draw, type on a virtual keyboard, and even shoot webs like Spider Man."
Closing quote



The last photo displays the "Diamond Turning Lab" where metal is cut with diamonds, important for a polished final product and the precision needed to create microscopic pieces of hardware. 


Zuckerberg says the goal is "to make VR and AR what we all want it to be: glasses small enough to take anywhere, software that lets you interact with the virtual world just like you do with the physical one." A recent article in Forbes adds that Facebook has incentive to drive down the cost of VR, so they can push social VR experiences. And seeing how happy he looked with the tour (and getting to be Spider-Man), Oculus may have just the tools to find the sweet spot between quality and affordability.
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