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For years now, Facebook has ruled the internet with more than one billion daily users. Every day, people spend hours of their life updating, chatting and browsing through the countless lines of text that make up their feed. But now that Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is bringing virtual reality into the mix, we might be one step closer to breaking down that wall of text and stepping into a world where users can transcend staring into their computer screen. With Facebook Spaces, friends are now closer than ever to actually being able to “hang out” on Facebook.
While Spaces has been around for nearly four months now, the technology seems to be growing quickly with a few new features already having been rolled out. The ability to broadcast live video to the app was announced in early July and allows users to place a live camera in their environment and be “joined” by their friends according to a report by Tech Crunch.
The article goes on to say the technology is just one of many steps that will be taken to ensure the success of Facebook virtual reality, a ten-year plan that Zuckerberg is banking on to take the already super popular website to new heights.
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Even though it’s already been three years since Facebook bought Oculus, Spaces is just in its beta phase. When the idea originally rolled out the red carpet on its beta in April, the technology only allowed players to join a virtual space. Chinese zoos with pandas, scuba diving in the ocean amongst sharks and so many other settings were available but never the real world – so the change that is sure to please Facebook users who are overly fond of the live feed option that invades our feeds time and again.
However, a piece by Time might just shed some light on what the technology will improve upon next as it states the ability to convey emotions is sadly absent from the experience.
Luckily, since VR is such a young technology and Spaces is younger still, we can expect to see such improvements as the app moves closer to a full market release. Facial recognition is a technology that smartphone-based VR headset, Veeso, has already boasted about. So there’s a strong possibility that we’ll see a similar technology brought to Spaces, a paramount improvement for software that strives to bring highly personal experiences to its users.
If we could make any suggestions it’s that the Spaces app eventually integrates video game functionality. Being able to play a hand of poker or try a game of Go! Monkey, a digital game of horse racing where you bet on monkeys, with your friends might just get people involved in a way that visuals alone could never even dream of. This would also appeal to gamers and give them more of a reason to invest in the technology.
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As it stands right now, Spaces users can interact with up to three other users and operate in both the virtual world as well as real-world areas captured by a live feed. The app is available to the public in its beta form, but there have been no confirmed dates as to when the finalized version would be released or how much it would cost.