Facebook is transforming the future of
communication through the use of Virtual Reality technology. The new virtual
reality platform will create 3D replicas of your friends on Facebook. This
technology will enable individuals to see a 3D model of the person they are
communicating to, and this creates a feeling of the presence of the person you
are talking with. However, to achieve this kind of experience, an individual
requires a pair of virtual reality headset. In addition to that, to create a 3D
replica of an individual that can sound and move like you, means 500 light and
180 cameras capture the face of an individual from different angles.
“It’s an evolution from the telephone to video conferencing and this can be the next sort of way of actually spending time with a friend you haven’t met in 10 years. For example, You can both sort of say, ‘let’s meet at the Eiffel Tower’ and suddenly you materialize there,” said Yaser Sheikh, Facebook’s reality lab director in Pittsburgh
According to Yaser, in the future, Facebook
hopes users will be in a position to create the avatars themselves with a few
videos or snaps. Currently, in the research phase, these avatars are being
captured by the Facebook team itself.
Challenges facing this virtual reality video chat project
To achieve this dream, Facebook has to collect mass data from its massive number of users which currently stands at more than 1.5 billion. However, Facebook is now facing criticism on how it handles its user’s data as a result of past scandals. For instance, this scandals range from accounts security breaches and sharing users’ data improperly with political parties and 150 companies including Amazon and Netflix.
However, Facebook is currently placing the
security issue a top priority, prompted with the question of security Yaser
replied, “It’s something which I consider to be the existential threat to
this kind of technology. If we’re not mindful of this, and develop safeguards
in the system itself … It threatens the viability of this entire medium of