Facebook has been at the forefront of virtual reality, ever since buying Oculus Rift a couple years ago. Their most recent announcement takes VR a step further—the incorporation of the technology into their live videos. Yep, now viewers can witness LIVE video streams as if they’re standing in the same room as the creator. It sounds almost too unbelievable to be true, but it’s here.
How will this change the fitness industry? By bringing the gym into your living room, literally.
Naturally, we feel more motivated and driven when we show up to an exercise class in person versus watching one on TV. With this new VR feature, we can now implant ourselves into a more realistic class setting and get the feeling that we’re actually being productive (in case you didn’t feel that way before).
Needless to say, virtual reality makes us feel a lot more social. If you’re going toe-to-toe with an instructor and you have others in the class around you, you’ll feel more accomplished. It’s human psychology 101.
Easier Than Leaving The House
Oftentimes, the hardest part about going to the gym is leaving our house. A virtual reality gym experience would alleviate this problem quite a bit. Rather than having to brave traffic, inclement weather, and other elements, you can get your burn on from the comfort of your own home. In fact, the only uncomfortable part of the experience would be the actual workout itself. Not too shabby, eh?
What About Brick-and-Mortar Gyms?
They aren’t going away anytime soon, but this could be the beginning of a new era that ultimately sees their demise. Only time will tell.
If I had to take a guess, the area where this could serve fitness people the most is through working out in groups. People will be encouraged to exercise with their friends in live videos and push one another a little bit harder each time.
Facebook Spaces is the name of the VR product, which will be the first live video virtual reality invention of its kind.
We’ve already seen virtual reality implemented in Periscope videos, and we can be sure that other social media platforms will follow suit.
Although virtual reality has been used largely in the gamer sphere, Facebook is obviously trying to transfer the technology into other facets of a Facebook user’s life.
Will it transfer to yours? I know I’ll give it a shot.