Oculus Connect 6: put the controller away and touch virtual objects

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During the Oculus Connect 6 conference, Mark Zuckerberg's company showed news about its virtual reality platform. Thanks to the new Facebook technology, we will be able to use our hands as controllers, and in the future also telepathic bands.

Already in early 2020, owners of the Oculus Quest autonomous goggles will be able to put away controllers. Instead, we will control with our hands, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the virtual world even more. Artificial intelligence will recognize what we want to do based on the camera image. Thanks to this, we will be able to capture virtual objects and manipulate them in a more intuitive and accurate way.

You can see that Facebook engineers understand the limitations of VR devices available on the market. For this reason, step by step, Oculus introduces improvements that increase the so-called immersion, i.e. the feeling of being physically in the virtual world. For this reason, the company decided to take a different path and introduced to the market independent goggles Oculus Quest and Oculus Go, which do not require a "harness" in the form of a cable connected to a powerful computer. Now it's time to control.

Hands instead of a controller and telepathic bands

Holding controllers in the form of bulky joysticks is not very natural. For this reason, the American company is experimenting with other ways of navigating the virtual world. The use of cameras mounted in goggles seems a good idea, because we will finally be able to free our hands and literally touch the digital objects that we will see with goggles. Of course, this technology probably also has its limitations. Oculus, however, is already thinking about other solutions, such as telepathic bands. However, we should expect these at one of the next Oculus conferences. For now, Mark Zuckerberg has only announced the acquisition of the company that produces telepathic CTRL-labs and ensuring that these devices really work.

Mark Zuckerberg announced cooperation with a company producing telepathic bands (photo: Oculus)

Oculus Link and convenient file manager

After the November software update, owners of the Oculus Quest goggles will be able to connect to the PC using a USB cable and run programs and games designed for Oculus Rift on them. This will allow you to enjoy much more content than before, of course at the price of attachment to your computer. We can also expect new applications for virtual television. In turn, the convenient Media Studio file manager will allow you to easily manage VR recordings.

Greater integration of VR goggles with Facebook

A social platform will appear in the goggle software that will be integrated with Facebook. The producer is also working on the virtual world Facebook Horizon for Oculus Quest and Rift goggles. The concept reminds me a bit of a modernized version of "Second Life", which is a game in which we could do everything and make contacts. Facebook Horizon will allow users to build virtual places to which they will be able to invite friends from all over the world. Facebook Horizon will appear next year.

I have to admit that after the Oculus Connect 6 conference I am calm about the development of virtual reality. Sooner or later this technology will enter every home, just like many people today use LCD TVs of several dozen inches. The new solutions that Facebook has shown are a step in the right direction and will certainly encourage other manufacturers to look for solutions that will increase interest in virtual reality. | allthingsblogging.com

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