Haute 100: Facebook Confirms Office Focused on Virtual Reality Research


Although Haute 100 lister Mark Zuckerberg is on paternity leave, Facebook continues to remain a force to be reckon with. The social media site has confirmed its plans to open an office focused on research for its Oculus virtual reality platform in Pittsburg, Pa.

Facebook has published job postings for a computer vision researcher, a computer vision engineer, and a postdoctoral research scientist focusing on computer vision, as well as a more general purpose software engineer. The postdoc position reads, “We are currently seeking innovative researchers with a passion for technology to develop next generation near to 3D face and body reconstruction and tracking at our research location in Pittsburgh PA.”

According to a statement made to Venture Beat, a spokeswoman confirmed the company has indeed leased an office in Pittsburgh “that’s dedicated to Oculus Research.” In addition, the Pittsburgh Biz Journal reported Facebook has a lease agreement in place for about 20,000 square feet.

The Oculus virtual reality platform is said to be the next big thing in technology for 2016. It is believe, audience and consumers should expect to see more immersive videos this year as publishers and brands find ways to integrate virtual reality in their branding.

In 2014, Zuckerberg wrote, “Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. For the past few years, this has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the people you care about. We have a lot more to do on mobile, but at this point we feel we’re in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences. This is where Oculus comes in. They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people.”