The 'Battle' for the Virtual world is About to Begin
I very recently covered how Google is perfectly poised to dominate Augmented Reality (AR) and Facebook Virtual Reality (VR) - http://goo.gl/Timl0D
. What is interesting is that in order for each company to do their thing, they both need to do the same thing, i.e. accurately mirror the world.
Google, obviously uses this for search as well as AR and the rest of its attendant services. Facebook, however, simply needs to do what it always tries to do: pull the web and the world inside its walled garden.
The purchase of British company Surreal Vision by Oculus Rift is a step in exactly this direction. What is interesting is that by mirroring the world outside in their respective servers both companies will be better poised to surface valuable information about it, to us. Only one, however is currently geared to do this and it's not Facebook.
Read about Surreal Vision here: http://goo.gl/PMWVQ2
h/t to Art Johnson: https://goo.gl/hIEEQK
for surfacing this for me.