Mark Zuckerberg Confirms Facebook’s Foray into Augmented Reality


Mark Zuckerberg has put a rest to speculation by confirming that Facebook is working on augmented reality.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was speaking at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit when he was asked if the social network giant was working on augmented reality, to which he nodded. “Yeah,” he said before adding “it’s a bit farther out,” according to Mashable.

Augmented reality adds a layer of digital or computer information to real world images that you will be seeing, letting you distinguish between the real and the virtual imagery added to the real world. Virtual reality is designed to be all-encompassing, wherein the virtual world takes over reality, entirely.

Several tech journalists and reporters at the event reported the coverage in a series of tweets.

Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Oculus VR that was acquired by Facebook last year spoke about the long toil to bring augmented reality into the mainstream.

“Augmented reality will be here but it’s a long road to get there,” said Abrash.

The VR scientist also spoke about the difficulties of adopting augmented reality, noting that it is much harder than virtual reality.

Zuckerberg added that Facebook is likely to build VR products before AR products, although it will be a while yet as Facebook will look to “ease into” incorporating virtual reality.

The Facebook chief also added that users of everyday devices like consoles will be the first to use virtual-reality tech.

Facebook’s Oculus VR is set to release the Oculus Rift Headset for PCs in March 2016.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.