Facebook Reality Labs has just had its first major exit since the pandemic started. Hugo Barra has announced that he is stepping down from his position as vice president of VR at Facebook.
Barra’s move comes as a bit of a surprise as Facebook and its Oculus brand are gaining a bit with the success of the Oculus Quest 2 (which features augmented reality features) and increased consumer interest in VR during pandemic lockdowns in 2020.
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Previously, Barra (a member of the 2018 edition of the NR30) served as the VP for the mobile giant Xiaomi in China and as the VP for Android for Google.
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Interestingly, in the middle of his goodbye message, Barra added a little more fuel to the rumor mill surrounding Facebook’s upcoming AR smartglasses.
“Looking back at what we’ve accomplished with Oculus Go, Quest and Quest 2, I’m really more than proud,” Barra wrote. “And I’m just as excited about what’s to come, starting this year with the launch of Facebook’s smart glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban, which will connect the tips of current VR headsets to the AR glasses. tomorrow. “
As for its focus on AR and VR, it looks like this is the end of the line for that career too.
“So, now what? I’ve been thinking a lot about what has happened over the past year as the world navigates this pandemic. I believe society is still poorly equipped with the tools people need to truly understand and understand our health. take control of our health outcomes, “Barra wrote.” Inspired by this reflection and after more than 20 years of working in technology, I decided to try something completely different – to dive into the deep unknown (to me) to dive and explore the space for healthcare technology. I hope to apply what I have learned from working in the consumer technology industry to solve meaningful health care problems. “
Barra’s loss is a blow to Facebook Reality Labs’ mobile expertise, but the team appears to be growing rapidly, so the role Barra held probably won’t be vacant for long.