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Oculus demos a VR selfie stick

TechCrunch TechCrunch 13/04/2016 Josh Constine

Oculus wants to let you go anywhere in the world instantly and even take a photo while you’re there, and today it demoed how at F8.

Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer strapped into Oculus’s Toy Box social den. There, 360 photos will appear as handheld spheres you can rotate to look at. But when smashed against your face, you’ll instantly teleported to where the photo was taken so you can look around however you want.

With a VR selfie stick, you’ll be able to take a photo of your avatar and a friend’s in front of Big Ben or other world landmarks. You can even draw on your avatar to add sunglasses or a bow tie. And once you have a photo you like, you can push it into a virtual Facebook mailbox to post it to the social network.

Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook sees virtual reality as not only the future of gaming and cinema, but also socializing. But that doesn’t mean just looking at a News Feed in VR. Facebook and Oculus are trying to build native social experiences on the virtual plane.

Not everyone can afford to travel to see family or visit the wonders of the world. But as the price of truly immersive and interactive virtual reality like the Oculus Rift comes down, you’ll be able to feel like you’re in the same room as your love ones, and then go anywhere together.

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