In Facebook’s Future, You and Your Friends Will “Virtually” Hang Out, Travel, Shop, and More


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Facebook wants you to spend more time with friends, family, and co-workers… just not in-person.

Spaces is what Facebook has deemed it’s social VR product, which allows multiple individuals with Oculus headsets the opportunity to do things together in virtual reality. Users within Spaces have their own lookalike avatar that interacts with other avatars. And yes, they look just like you.

The avatars are customizable and allow you to change your eye color, hairstyle, facial features and anything else until you look the way you want, which Facebook says makes it easier for your friends and fellow avatars to identify you.

What can you do in Spaces?

Within Spaces, you can hang out with friends and view your actual Facebook photos and videos, you can draw 3D objects together (who’s up for a game of virtual Pictionary?!), and even take virtual selfies that result in real photos of your avatar personas.

Let’s say you live in New York, your best friend is in Chicago, and your third friend, who’s birthday happens to be today, is in Miami. You can have a nice, little birthday picnic together, full of virtual games, real conversations (Spaces uses Messenger video calls), and even show and tell with photos from your recent trip to Australia.

The really cool part? If you took some 360-degree photos or videos at the Sydney Opera House, you could transport your picnic and virtually sit and chat on the steps outside the Sydney Opera House. Just about everything in this example (except the food) is virtual and very real with Facebook Spaces… Heck, you can even draw 3D food if you want.

Much more to come from Facebook Spaces

According to Facebook,

“Today is only the beginning. We’re launching in beta, and we’ll add new features as we learn from your feedback and continue exploring what makes social VR experiences most meaningful. We also plan to bring the experience to more platforms over time. We’ve only just scratched the surface of social VR technology. In the future, it will continue to transform the way people around the world stay connected with their communities and those closest to them. We can’t wait to get there.” – Rachel Franklin, Facebook’s Head of Social VR

Watch the video from Facebook below to see more of Facebook Spaces and what the technology can do.

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Tyler Becker

Director of Content, Social Media Week

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Tyler is the Director of Content at Crowdcentric and Social Media Week. He writes about digital media, entertainment, emerging tech, Internet silly-billies, mobile apps, and more. Oh, and he likes craft beer, travel, and podcasts.



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