Facebook’s VR Business to be head by Xiaomi’s exec Barra

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Earlier in November, Facebook had announced about the company’s association with AR/VR. Facebook plans to focus on a long-term innovation plan around AR/VR and artificial intelligence. As a result, many more people can join the network. This can be achieved through their upcoming software expertises. Recently, Facebook appointed the executive of Xiaomi, Hugo Barro to lead the company’s VR technologies and products. This also includes the Oculus VR Business which was acquired by Facebook three years ago. Meanwhile, Facebook’s Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Barra’s appointment earlier last week.

Hugo Barra to lead Facebook's VR Business

Xiaomi’s exec Hugo Barra to lead Facebook’s VR Business

The decision to hire Hugo Barra as the Vice President was partially influenced by his exposure to the Chinese Market. This accounts for about 20 percent of the VR Head mounted displays worldwide by next year according to a forecast by IDC’s Vice President of Device Research, Bryan Ma.Hugo Barra’s immense connections and a great experience can take him a long way. This can help him bring a more global perspective towards VR. Furthermore, Mark Zuckerberg also seems very happy with the appointment. Here’s what he had to say on Facebook- “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 Barra’s immense connections and a great experience can take him a long way. This can help him bring a more global perspective towards VR. Furthermore, Mark Zuckerberg also seems very happy with the appointment. Here’s what he had to say on Facebook- “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.”

Barra has now moved to Silicon Valley to embark on a “new adventure.” During his work period in Xiaomi, the company expanded to 20 different countries. Although he kept succeeding he had to stay away from his friends and family. As a result, it started affecting his health as well. Xiaomi has already set its foot into the world of VR. Moreover, Barra aims at making VR a mainstream technology.

Keep reading this space to know more about Barra’s plans. Meanwhile, you can also read about Xiaomi’s latest headset- VR Play.

 

 

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