Mark Zuckerberg: Virtual Reality Is a New Social Platform

The founder of Facebook, the largest social network in the world, Mark Zuckerberg suddenly appeared at presentation event dedicated to the new Samsung smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about virtual reality and the prospects of this market.


He showed up after the attended journalists were asked to put on the Gear VR glasses and watch a video demo, reports The Verge. When the glasses were removed, Zuckerberg was already standing on the stage.

Last year, Facebook acquired the company Oculus Rift engaged in the development of accessories and virtual reality platform. Together with Samsung, Oculus has developed virtual reality glasses Gear VR, which will go on sale March 28, 2016 and will be paired with Samsung’s flagship model, also presented at the exhibition. With special applications designed for Gear VR, users can play games, watch concerts and variety shows with the effect of presence, as well as participate in virtual tours across all the world.

Zuckerberg presented a 360-degree camera Gear VR. Samsung offers the device to create photo and video for viewing through VR glasses.

Zuckerberg said that virtual reality will become a new social platform that will change the world, writes USA Today.

“Pretty soon we will live in a world where everyone will have the opportunity to share and experience the whole [life] scenes, like you’re right there, in person, – told Zuckerberg. – Imagine that you have the opportunity to sit in front of the fire and meet friends when you want. Or watch a movie in your own movie theater whenever you want. Imagine you can arrange meetings anywhere in the world, wherever you wish. All these things are possible”. That’s why Facebook, Zuckerberg explained, is investing in virtual reality at this early stage: the company wants to be the supplier of this kind of social interaction.

At the congress, Samsung also presented the new flagship smartphones – Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. New models have become an improved modification of the previous champions – S6 and S6 Edge. S7 will have a diagonal of 5.1 inches, S7 Edge – 5,5 inches. The latter will have a curvature at both edges.

Now the glass is more carefully tailored to the metal, the processor is faster by one third compared with the previous models. In addition, the creators announced an improved camera of 16 megapixels, battery from 3000 to 3600 mAh, as well as protection against water and returned microSD-memory card.

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