Earlier this week Hugo Barra revealed that he will be leaving Chinese company Xiaomi in February to return to Silicon Valley, after a short break. However, no sooner did this announcement come, another came from Mark Zuckerberg to reveal that Barra would be joining the Oculus team as Vice President.
Zuckerberg took to Facebook yesterday to announce that Barra would be coming back to Silicon Valley to “lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team.” He’ll be filling the role left by former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, who stepped down to focus on other efforts last year.
— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) January 26, 2017
The announcement also came with a picture of Zuckerber and Barra hanging out in virtual reality as little cartoon avatars. Adorable. In a comment on the post Barra wrote “It’s been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we’re taking selfies in virtual worlds.” He also added that he wants to bring the tech to mainstream.
During his time at Xiaomi, Barra did pretty well boosting the company’s revenue tenfold, though according to recent comments from the CEO, things progressed a little faster than they could handle.
Here’s hoping Barra can do the same with VR, bringing the tech to a more mainstream audience. Perhaps then it’ll become a little more affordable.