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Zuckerberg Likens VR to the First Mobile Phones

by Eric Frederiksen | January 16, 2015January 16, 2015 3:30 pm PDT

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Oculus Rift isn’t the end game for VR, says Mark Zuckerberg, but rather just the beginning.

We’ve been wondering since Facebook’s $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR last year what the plan was, and it sounds like the Facebook founder wants to get in on the very ground floor of what he sees as the eventual replacement of phones as a primary computing and communication device.

“I think it’s pretty easy to imagine that in the future we will have something that we can wear that will look just like normal glasses so it won’t look weird like some of the stuff that exists today,” Zuckerberg said during a ‘town-hall’ style Q&A session. “And you’ll just have context about what’s going on in the world around you and being able to communicate with people and not have to disrupt your conversations by looking down or be interruptive. I think that’s going to be really powerful.”

We’re not going to jump right to stylish augmented reality eyeglasses and contact lenses, though. We have to start big.

“You all remember the first mobile phones were terrible and that’s kind of the stage we’re at now with virtual reality and augmented reality.”

Zuckerberg sees the idea as being something 10 or 20 years away, and Oculus is the first baby step in that direction.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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