Virtual reality is, for all intents and purposes, not a social technology. Mozilla acknowledges this problem and aims to offer a compromise. As of right now, the company has launched a Hub experiment to offer VR chat rooms to the web. An interesting experiment which may present some positive changes in the long run.
Mozilla Hub Brings VR Avatars to the Browser
It is evident there is a bright future ahead for accessing VR through one’s browser. With initiative such as WebVR and WebVR, interesting developments are on the horizon. Mozilla is banking big on bringing more VR users to the Firefox browser. heir new Hub venture aims to make virtual reality a lot more social, which can only be seen as a positive development.
To put this into perspective, Hub lets your virtual avatar hang out with others in a chat room set up by the users. It is possible to communicate through typing, or by using voice chat if enabled in the browser. Some people will immediately compare this venture to Second Life, as there are some interesting similarities between the two.
There is no need to download any software, plugins, or tools. Instead, Mozilla lets users access the Hub through a regular website, which works across PCs, mobile devices, and VR headsets. Although this is a mere experiment, the possibilities are virtually limitless where this technology is concerned.
Making VR a regular aspect of daily life will not happen overnight. Making it an integral part of the World Wide Web, on the other hand, is certainly possible. Whether or not this solution will work, remain to be seen. Hub will be supported by Firefox, Safa, i and Chrome, as well as Microsoft’s Edge browser. A very interesting development well worth keeping an eye on.
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