A week ago, a jury decided to award ZeniMax Studios $500 million in its lawsuit against Facebook and its VR subsidiary Oculus (the company will appeal that ruling). So it stands to reason that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted to take his mind off of that legal battle. Today, he used his personal Facebook page to show the world what Oculus is doing to improve its virtual reality experience.
His post showed off his visit to Oculus’ research lab in Redmond, Washington. One of the pictures he posted was of himself testing out a new glove controller for VR. He stated that Oculus is looking for new ways to directly use hands in both virtual and augmented reality apps.
The gloves that Zuckerberg is wearing are capable of being used in VR to draw or type on a virtual keyboard. However, as you may have realized, in this particular image Zuckerberg is using the gloves to shoot some virtual webs from his hands like Spider Man.
Some of the other photos Zuckerberg posted are not quite as exciting, but still interesting. They show the construction of the company’s second anechoic chamber, which is designed to cut down sound as much as possible to detect issues in hardware. He also showed an image of the company’s clean room which he said “filters out particles 1000x smaller than a speck of dust.” Finally, he posted a look at Oculus’ Diamond Turning Lab that can cut metal with a gemstone-quality diamond, along with a 5-axis milling machine.
Zuckerberg wrote of the company’s main goal in using all of these machines to create new VR devices:
The goal is to make VR and AR what we all want it to be: glasses small enough to take anywhere, software that lets you experience anything, and technology that lets you interact with the virtual world just like you do with the physical one.
It looks like Facebook continues to be serious about creating the future of VR, even as it faces a ton of competition and legal battles down the road.