Facebook has just announced an agreement to buy the Oculus VR company, responsible for the virtual reality helmet Oculus Rift. The amount of the transaction is approximately 2 billion. The sum is divided by $ 400 million in cash as well as 1.6 billion of Facebook shares. The agreement also mentions depending on the achievement of certain conditions additional $ 300 million. This follows the recent acquisition of WhatsApp to 19 (!) $ billion.
Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that the motive was the platform of today and preparing also to the platforms of the future. "Oculus has the chance to create more social platform that ever existed, and to change the way we work, play and communicate" he added.
Meanwhile, the co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR, Brendan Iribe, was very excited at the idea of working with Mark and team Facebook in order to deliver the best platform for augmented reality to the world. "We think that augmented reality will be strongly defined by social experiences that connect people in new and magical ways. It is a technology that is disruptive but which transforms, which allows the world to discover the impossible, and this is only the beginning. "he says.
For his part, Mark Zuckerberg also indicates that this is only the beginning. "After the games, we will use the Oculus platform for many other experiments. Imagine having your seat during a match, study in a classroom with teachers from around the world or see a doctor face to face, just by putting these glasses in your home. »
For him, it's a new communication platform that allows not only to share moments with our friends online, but complete adventures and experiences. These are just some potential uses. "By working with developers and industry partners, together, we can do much more. One day, we believe that this kind of augmented reality will be part of the daily lives of billions of people. »
"Virtual reality was just a dream of science fiction. But Internet was also a dream, just like computers and smartphones. The future arrives and we have a chance to build it all. I am looking forward to working with the Oculus team to bring this future world, and unlock new worlds for us all. »
This concludes the letter from Mark Zuckerberg about the acquisition of the company. And you, what do you imagine to be able to do with this kind of technology? According to you, we all connected with our helmet within ten years?