If you’re bored with Facebook as of late, you may still want to hold off on deleting your account.
According to Business Insider, Facebook’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, said the company plans to “effectively build a teleporter” by 2025.
(What. The. Hell.)
While it’s (sadly) not a “teleporter” in the traditional sense, Facebook wants to build a device that allows you to “be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries,” as Schroepfer said yesterday at a press event before the Dublin Web Summit.
Basically, the plan is to improve the virtual reality experience by tricking your senses into thinking you’re somewhere you’re not.
As you’ll recall, Facebook acquired Oculus VR last year, and plans to release the Oculus Rift VR headset next year.
Come mid 2016, shipping will also begin on the Oculus Touch, a device revealed in June that replicates a user’s natural movements in VR. The main draw of the Touch is that the controllers allow you to use your hands, adding more depth to the experience. The Touch will also come with a tool called Medium, which allows users to sculpt 3D objects using the controllers. The goal is for all Oculus users to eventually be able to build their own virtual worlds.
(WHAT. THE. HELL.)
At the moment, the VR Facebook experience remains a theoretical technology for the average user. But, with the development pace of VR technology, it may not be too long before you can interact with Facebook “friends” in a whole new way.
When this happens, not only will your long distance relationship stand a better chance, your mom will stop complaining that she doesn’t see you enough.
Not sure whether that’s ‘like’-worthy or not just yet.