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Facebook Buys Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Facebook Buys Oculus VR For $2 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to a statement from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company plans to expand Oculus beyond gaming:

After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home.

Zuckerberg expanded on that in a conference call following the announcement, saying he believes virtual reality will be the next big computing platform after mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

"History suggests that there will be more platforms to come," Zuckerberg said on the conference call, adding that the person who controls that major computing platform will be able to shape the entire tech industry.

"Today's acquisition is a long-term bet on the future of computing," Zuckerberg said.

Oculus got its start on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where it raised $2.4 million in 2012. Since then, other VCs have invested in the company. Most recently, Oculus raised $75 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

User interface revolution or pop of the bubble? 2Bn$ "value creation" in 2 years...

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This Amazing Mist Touchscreen Lets You Play Fruit Ninja On A Wall Of Water Vapor

This Amazing Mist Touchscreen Lets You Play Fruit Ninja On A Wall Of Water Vapor | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A Russian company called Displair has brought its bizarre, wholly innovative vaporizing projector machine to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and the gizmo is unlike anything else at the enormous tech convention: Basically, you can connect a touchscreen device to a projector, which puts out a touchable image of your device's screen onto a constantly misting wall of vaporized water. You can then interact with the device by running your finger on that wall of mist. It's a strange and totally innovative way to interact with a typical tablet or computer.

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Serious vaporware

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, January 19, 2013 2:37 AM

This is true vaporware