Mark Zuckerberg gives glimpse of future AR/VR fitness tech

Facebook AR Cycling Class

At Facebook’s annual AR/VR conference ‘Facebook Connect,’ CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a glimpse of how the companies upcoming tech may shape the future of fitness. Here is a breakdown of what Zuckerberg showed off.

Around 23 minutes into Zuckerberg’s keynote, he shifted the focus from gaming to fitness. The pitch here is that Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 is “sort of like a Peloton, but instead of a bike, you just have your VR headset.”

That is a strange comparison given the obvious differences between using a VR (virtual reality) headset and riding a stationary bike. And interestingly, most of what was shown in this segment was not about VR or the Oculus at all.

Instead, the focus seemed to be showing what may be possible in the future with the advancement of AR (augmented reality) technology. Some of the examples shown here were:

  • Playing basketball in AR
  • Taking an indoor cycling class
  • Taking a fencing lesson

I am not sure how realistic the AR basketball game would be, given the challenges of using an imaginary digital basketball. However, the example of using AR to enhance an indoor cycling class experience seems much more realistic.

At the end of the presentation, Zuckerberg also showed some new fitness options for the Oculus Quest 2, coming next year. This includes new controller grips and a headset attachment making it easier to wipe sweat away from your face.

What do you think about the fitness portion of the Facebook (now Meta) presentation?

Learn more about Quest 2 here.


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