VR is a thing. A real thing. And it’s certainly real to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who led a buyout of VR company Oculus for $2 billion in 2014. He’s been working with the company for years now to figure out how VR can be used in everything from gaming to entertainment. Now he wants it to apply to work situations, as he pointed out when testing some new gloves that give you hands in virtual space.
As of now, Oculus uses Touch controllers that are more like videogame console controllers than real hands. They work for simple things, but Zuckerberg pointed out that the new glove concepts allow VR users to “draw, type on a virtual keyboard, and even shoot webs like Spider-Man.”
In fact, the picture he showed off on Facebook pictures him doing that Spider-Man web hand gesture with big ol’ grin on his face. What a job.
While the world’s excitement over VR has certainly cooled off in the past few months since the first round of products made their way to consumers, including HTC’s Vive and Sony’s PlayStation VR, Zuckerberg remains bullish on the technology’s future.
“I just visited our Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington where some of the best scientists and engineers in the world are pushing the boundaries of virtual and augmented reality,” he noted on Facebook.
“The team is led by Michael Abrash and focuses on things like advanced optics, eye tracking, mixed reality and new ways to map the human body.,” he continued. “The goal is to make VR and [Augmented Reality] what we all want it to be: glasses small enough to take anywhere, software that lets you experience anything, and technology that lets you interact with the virtual world just like you do with the physical one.”
Before you ask, no, Zuck said nothing about VR porn. Sorry guys.