Even though there aren’t a lot of people are using virtual reality after Rachel Franklin, Facebook head of social VR, cares a lot about connecting these people who are checking it out. This believes it will be the key to help VR catch on with consumers.
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Just over a year ago, Franklin oversaw the implementation of Facebook Spaces—the social network’s first effort to show the outside world how you might hang out with friends in the virtual world. Featuring avatars that you can customize your menu on Facebook photos, and a few of the activities, such as worship in 3-D with a giant sign, that you can share with friends if you manage to find one who also has an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive VR headset to deal with spaces.
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In Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California, on Tuesday, Franklin showed what no team since then: things like the ability to take 3-D objects published in your News Feed paths to the demo app that uses images and videos (from the age of five, for example) to create a 3-D article of the room (say your childhood dining room) that you can explore with others.
On the sidelines of the Conference, Franklin talked about what I’ve learned since Facebook Spaces debut last May about how important it is to make all kinds of people feel welcome in VR.
Spaces were a year ago. What is the one thing that I’ve learned since then?
People really care about their photos. Which I don’t think is terribly surprising, but reassuring and awesome. It’s great that you want to have a say in your identity that you care about to have enough customization that it feels like.
I said last year that keep the paths simple on purpose. One common criticism is that there is not enough things to do in there. Is very simple?
I guess it wasn’t surprising that we got on our feedback, which was: “there is not enough to do here.” But I think it was an important lesson for us to learn.
We’re kind of scrambling to give you more to do. This is legitimately something people will say—”I don’t know what to do next, or don’t have something to do the next”we’re trying to do as much as we can to figure out what those things might be.
As to women with long hair, we both noticed that it’s easier to keep on the tail of the horse while wearing the Oculus Go, Facebook, the new all-in-one headset, with the high-end, PC-tethered headset, the Oculus Rift. Do you feel like designers are beginning to think about making the headphones comfortable for all types of users?
I do. He says that this is not only for the place achieved the technophiles that want to feel cool. This is the technology that is important for everyone, so we want to make everyone feel they should be using it.
And it is obvious if someone didn’t think of you when you put something. I’m left handed so it happens constantly with scissors things like: obviously you don’t want left-handed people to use this. This makes you go well, you don’t want me here. I think this is a really key message: we want people in this technology because we believe it’s valuable to [them].
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