Two years later and Facebook finally gives a “real-world” example of what to expect for the very near future of virtual and augmented reality. Below is a video, which captures Facebook employees Michael Booth and Mike Schroepfer connect in the virtual world, despite their 30 mile proximity difference. And like most friendly reactions today in the physical world, these two colleagues met up on a busy street and took a selfie while veiled by their digital avatars.
“Today at F8, Schrep and I demonstrated a simple exploration we’ve hacked together which shows the potential of VR for social interactions. Physically, he was in San Francisco and I was 30 miles away in Menlo Park, but as soon as we both put on our headsets we were together, sharing the same virtual space.”
– Michael Booth,
Facebook Product Manager
Photo Credit: Facebook (via GeekWire)
Also shown below is a video by Microsoft, of which they reveal a real-world demonstration of what they call “holoportation” – the ability to transport yourself from one physical space to another in holographic form. This level of augmented reality technology will help enhance the vision being pursued by Facebook – a vision where the physical and virtual meet and become one in the same. This is the future of which we’re moving towards, and fast. Get ready!