Zuckerberg Wants Facebook To Go Solo For The Ultimate AR And VR 'Killer App'
Throughout the interview, one of the most important topics was having something of a full-stack ecosystem that includes custom silicon and a custom OS. At present, most VR or AR solutions involve silicon from Qualcomm paired with some flavor of Android OS inside, effectively making it an extension of the mobile computing space. Rather than having AR and VR be an extension, Facebook wants to build the ecosystem from the ground up. This would include custom silicon to a custom OS so that everything can be “tightly optimized.”
Besides the hardware, however, Zuckerberg believes AR and VR will be “the next major computing platform,” with the social aspects being equally as important. First and foremost, feeling like you are with someone in VR is a major part of the social goals that Facebook has set. To accomplish this, realistic avatars paired with face and eye-tracking could allow for an immersive experience. On the other hand, it could fall into the uncanny valley and be slightly disconcerting at best, but only time will tell.
Overall, the technology involved will be quite interesting to follow in the coming years as Facebook plans to develop its own platform for the future of AR and VR. Moreover, we will likely see the technology get smaller and more socially acceptable in day-to-day life, which is quite exciting. Whatever ends up happening, keep an eye on HotHardware for updates as Facebook seems to have a solid plan for the future.