Virtual reality's next level: Seeing your handsIn this roundup, learn about YouTube's GIF maker, Facebook's take on a dislike button, and how the next Oculus Rift can track hand movements. Meanwhile, Bridget Carey learns she can't handle virtual zombies.
It's time to become a GIF master, and run away from VR zombies. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your cnet update. [MUSIC] Mankind has made an exciting breakthrough in the science of animated GIF's. YouTube now has a GIF creator tool, and yes, here at cnet update, I set the rules and I saw GIF. Even though some of you may call the looping style a gif. That's okay. I won't judge you for being wrong. But no matter how you say it, this tools makes it oh so easy to create a looping animated image from a YouTube video. However, it's not available on every video yet. You could only on a few like those on the PBS Idea channel. To demonstrate, I shall use an episode they published about gifs. Under the share option, there's the GIF maker. You just select the time frame that will loop, insert text on the top and bottom, and voila. A GIF is born. [LAUGH] GIFs are a way many of today's humans are able to express emotion. And although you can't use GIFs on Facebook, the network is looking into ways to let you express a wider range of emotions that go beyond clicking the like button,. But there's no plan to add a dislike button because, well, it would be used to be mean to others. Mark Zuckerberg talked about like and dislike buttons during a public question and answer session on Thursday. The head of Facebook said the company is thinking about offering another option besides a thumbs up when you share sad news. Even though it's in poor taste. Some people click like on a sad post as a symbol of support. And since we're talking about the evolution of communication, let's discuss virtual reality. Oculus, a virtual reality company that's now owned by Facebook has acquired another company with an expertise in hand tracking technology. Nimble VR has been working on ways to track hands inside virtual reality by using a camera on a headset that points down to analyze your gestures. The Oculus RIF headset isn't something you can buy yet. It's only for software developers. But, the other day I got a chance to check out the Oculus RIF, firsthand, thanks to a visit from the makers of the video game "Dying Light". It's a first person zombie killing type of game. You don't exactly feel transported into another world when their is a giant heavy thing strapped to your face. But it was interesting to be so close to a screen that responds when you move your head. I controlled it with an Xbox controller, but it only took a minute for my whole body to freak out and flail when a zombie ran right up to me. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] Hey, you know what? You would too if something started eating your face In that case, I could've used a foot sensor for a kick attack. The whole thing is interesting but there's still much work to be done to figure out how to avoid nausea, because it doesn't take long for me to get that motion sick feeling. That's your tech news update, there's always more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]