Facebook’s Demo Of Social Augmented Reality


Augmented reality is becoming a big thing as it’s making socialising a lot easier with other people.  Facebook showed us how social it could be in the future with a demo that saw people as digital figurines that could interact with each other. Mark Zuckerberg introduced this new social augmented reality at the Oculus Connect Conference. You can use the Oculus to create your own avatar that you can control inside the virtual world.

The ability to create your own avatar means that you can create an avatar that looks just like you. The idea of the demo is that you can interact with people who may not be in the same room as you through this augmented world.  When you are in the world you can play games with the other avatars such as chess for example. You can even have a sword fight with another avatar.

When you are inside the game you can take a phone call inside Facebook messenger which will show up in the virtual world. In addition to this, you can take a VR selfie which you can instantly share to your Facebook profile. You can express your emotions to the other avatars through sentiment analysis of your voice or by inputting commands into the Oculus touch controllers.

The demo shows that there is a lot of potential for a combination of human interaction and VR by using Facebook with the Oculus Rift. This will mean that even though there are many other VR headsets this one provides a uniqueness as you can really socialise with other human beings by using it. You can share entire experiences and adventures online if you are using the Facebook VR demo as everything you do you can share straight away to your profile or with friends and family.

by Asia Walker