FACEBOOK HAS BEEN PRATTING AROUND with virtual reality for some years in the consumer world, but now it looks like it'll have a stab at VR for business.
"Starting with VR, we are building an Oculus Go and Oculus Quest Enterprise edition expected to launch in 2019," the job description said on LinkedIn. "Are you excited about how VR and AR can change the future of work? Join us to make it a reality."
We've seen plenty of examples of VR headsets being used in business applications, from peering at car designs to offering corporate types virtual tours around hotels they might want to book out. So it's not too much of a surprise to see Facebook cooking up plans to push its VR stuff further into the enterprise world; after all, it's already reworked its main social network to have business chops.
Since buying the Oculus Rift VR headset from CEO Palmer Luckey in 2014, the social network has been doing a fair bit of dabbling in VR tech and services. But it would be safe to say that its efforts haven't exactly taken the tech world by storm; nor has VR as a whole. We guess swathes of people don't like to play games and watch films with a chunky headset strapped onto their bonce... funny that.
Facebook has been offering its Oculus headsets in bulk to businesses as part of the Oculus for Business programme. But the job posting would suggest that Mark Zuckerberg and pals are looking at building more bespoke enterprise VR features for its business customers.
We imagine that'll involve integration with Workplace by Facebook and Messenger Business, and other such dull but useful collaboration tools. Or it could involve Facebook really pushing the envelope, perhaps creating some kind of Holodeck experience for workers fed up of data wrangling to go and chill out in.
The job description said the person Facebook wants will "design and develop enterprise features into Oculus mobile VR system applications" and "work with external developers innovating on future-of-work experiences", so make of that what you will.
One thing worth noting is Facebook might be a bit late to the party here given the other forms working on enterprise R. And then there's the HoloLens 2, which pretty much told us that augmented reality not VR is the future of such visual tech in the business world. µ
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