Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a new gadget to play with. On his recent visit to Oculus’ research lab in Redmond, Zuckerberg was seen trying out a set of prototype gloves that are designed to be used with the Oculus Rift headset. Zuckerberg shared his experience via a Facebook post on his timeline, giving a glimpse into the VR research facility.
“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,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post. “We’re working on new ways to bring your hands in virtual and augmented reality. Wearing these gloves, you can draw, type on a virtual keyboard, and even shoot webs like Spider Man. That’s what I’m doing here.”
Oculus already has Touch Controllers that are good to pick up objects in VR, but these prototype gloves are expected to be more advanced. While details are scarce, it won’t be surprising, if Zuck were to give us a closer look at them during F8 conference later this year.
Zuckerberg also pointed out that the company is building its second anechoic chamber, which will be an echo-free room designed to perform sound experiments. Upon completion of the project, he also guarantees that the anechoic chamber will be one of the quietest places in the world — so quiet that you can hear your own heart beat.
The tour also included a sneak-peak into Facebook’s labs that makes new kinds of lenses and devices for virtual and augmented reality experiments. Giving more details, he also said that there is a Diamond Turning Lab that cuts metal with a diamond.
Facebook lately has been very serious about virtual reality, and Zuck was recently quoted as saying that he would spend over $3 billion in the next 10 years to make VR popular. The social giant recently bought Two Big Ears, and also roped in former Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra to lead the VR efforts.