Last month, I tried virtual reality (VR) for the first time. Although a profoundly bizarre experience, which left me looking like I was swatting a fly away in the middle of my local shopping centre, it got me thinking about the endless opportunities of new technology and how we will engage with it.
The strides that VR has made over the past few years is almost unparalleled with endless opportunities. Facebook has now tapped into the world of VR with the introduction of Facebook Spaces - literally allowing us to hang out with our Facebook friends, but in the virtual space.
Announcing the platform at Facebook's annual developer conference, F8, on Tuesday, head of social VR at Facebook described Facebook Spaces as a "magical canvas for shared spaces" adding that "this is the easiest it's ever been to bring the real you into VR." This bold move follows Zuckerberg's pledge of $250 million investment in VR.
The future of VR is certainly exciting. Of course, the more cynical amongst us will question why should there be a need to bring the ‘real you’ into VR - isn't that what real life is? And what's happened to good, old-fashioned face to face interaction?
The fact is we are spending more time in front of our screens than ever before. Facebook's bold and exciting move will set the precedent for others to follow. What’s for sure is that it won’t be long until we are all fixed to our headsets, using VR in the same way as we are currently using social media networks. The opportunity to virtually ‘visit’ somewhere on the other side of the world from the comfort of your own home, will become the norm.
I, for one, look forward to speaking to my friends the other side of the country using Facebook Spaces. It'll be just like ‘real-life’...just a lot cheaper!