By Michelle Cortese and Andrea Zeller

A woman looks out a window to see an idyllic world.
A woman looks out a window to see an idyllic world.

Virtual and augmented reality is revolutionizing our interactions. When you put on an Oculus headset, you can choose how you look as an avatar and go into a shared virtual space to meet up with friends to hang out, play games or watch a movie. And it can feel like you’re actually there with them, despite your physical distance. During a demo of an early social VR app, a software bug made the hands of two avatars “stick” together; when the people removed their headsets, they were blushing as if they really held hands.


The day my mother-in-law put on a virtual reality (VR) headset was the day I realized just how immersive this new technology could be. “I’m on stage! I’m on stage!” She was experiencing the thrill of being on a concert stage for the first time. “Look at me! I’ve never been on stage before, what should I do?” I was seeing how powerful being there could be for someone having a deeply emotional connection. This is what drove me to want to be a content strategist on virtual reality experiences.

When I first joined Facebook’s Social AR/VR Experiences team, new…

Andrea Zeller

Content Designer, Facebook Reality Labs / futurist / storyteller / writer

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