Hugo Barra, who stepped down as Xiaomi’s global vice-president, earlier this week, will be the man in charge for virtual reality (VR) at Facebook. The social media giant’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made the announcement on his page:
“I’m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team. Hugo’s in China right now, so here we are together in VR. It seems fitting.”
He shared an image of them together in Virtual Reality style (see featured image above).
Zuckerberg further adds:
“I’ve known Hugo for a long time, starting when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years he’s worked at Xiaomi in Beijing bringing innovative devices to millions of people. Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I’m looking forward to having him on our team.”
Replying to the post, Barra commented. “It’s been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we’re taking selfies in virtual worlds”
Sharing Zuckerberg’s post, Barra didn’t forget to credit Lei Jun, CEO, Xiaomi.
“Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun always says that the highest calling of an engineer is to make technology breakthroughs quickly and readily available to the widest possible spectrum of humanity. That will be my mission at Facebook and I look forward to building the future of immersive technology with Mark Zuckerberg, Brendan Trexler Iribe, Mike Schroepfer, and the visionaries in the Oculus team.”
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