Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might have just showed us the future of selfies -- and maybe of social networks, too. Long story short, Zuck expects people to start hanging out with their friends in VR spaces, each person represented by a cartoony avatar.
I got a chance to try out one of those avatars myself at this week's Oculus Connect 3 developer conference.
No, I didn't get to step into Zuck's "Justin Timberlake" lookalike avatar, or try the futuristic experience he showed on stage. That's a work in progress. But soon, Oculus plans to release a similar idea for theheadset called "Oculus Rooms," where you can hangout, chat, watch shows and play some VR games with up to seven friends at a time.
Oculus Rooms has avatars, too. Here's what mine would look like:
Creating my avatar was dead simple. As soon as I put on the headset, I found myself in a dressing room, facing a virtual mirror. Virtual buttons let me select shapes for my face and hair. I scrolled through a long rack of virtual clothing shapes, and dragged them onto my body. The weirdest part is the color: your entire body, hands and clothing can only be one single color.
So, I thought, why not be made of gold?
Oculus says Rooms is coming to Gear VR in a couple of weeks, and it should arrive on the PC-based Oculus Rift headset early next year.