AR/VR

Creating the future of personal and shared reality

At Facebook Reality Labs, our mission is to give people the tools to feel connected anytime, anywhere.

We create new, category-defining consumer hardware and software that are immersive, social, and increase the depth of people’s connections. The team is a diverse group of problem solvers, inventors, and proven visionaries who are relentless about transforming everyday occurrences into rich experiences that have the potential to improve the way billions of people live.

We’ve introduced our first generation of Oculus virtual reality products and are committed to driving the technology forward through continued innovation at Facebook Reality Labs. In the future, our AR glasses will merge the physical and digital worlds, blending what’s real with what’s possible, resulting in the next mainstream, must-have, wearable consumer technology.

Within Facebook Reality Labs, our world-class team of researchers, developers, and engineers are creating the future of virtual and augmented reality. Together, these innovations will become as universal and essential as smartphones and personal computers are today – and just as personal computers have done over the past 45 years, AR and VR will ultimately change everything about how we work, play, and connect. We are developing all the technologies needed to enable breakthrough AR glasses and VR headsets, including optics and displays, computer vision, audio, graphics, brain-computer interface, haptic interaction, eye/hand/face/body tracking, perception science, and true telepresence. Some of those will advance much faster than others, but they all need to happen to enable AR and VR that are so compelling that they become an integral part of our lives, and we are making all of them happen.

Facebook Reality Labs has offices across the U.S., including in Redmond, Washington; New York; Sausalito and Menlo Park, California; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We’re working on technology that will change not just computer gaming, but potentially how all of us interact with computers, information, and each other every day. I think it’s going to be the biggest game-changer I’ve ever seen – and I can’t wait to see how far we can take it.” Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist of Facebook Reality Labs

Latest Publications

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SIGGRAPH - August 9, 2021

Deep Relightable Appearance Models for Animatable Faces

Sai Bi, Stephen Lombardi, Shunsuke Saito, Tomas Simon, Shih-En Wei, Kevyn Mcphail, Ravi Ramamoorthi, Yaser Sheikh, Jason Saragih

SIGGRAPH - August 9, 2021

Mixture of Volumetric Primitives for Efficient Neural Rendering

Stephen Lombardi, Tomas Simon, Gabriel Schwartz, Michael Zollhoefer, Yaser Sheikh, Jason Saragih

CVPR - June 19, 2021

Pixel Codec Avatars

Shugao Ma, Tomas Simon, Jason Saragih, Dawei Wang, Yuecheng Li, Fernando De la Torre, Yaser Sheikh

CVPR - June 19, 2021

SimPoE: Simulated Character Control for 3D Human Pose Estimation

Ye Yuan, Shih-En Wei, Tomas Simon, Kris Kitani, Jason Saragih

For more information about our AR/VR Tech news, visit our Tech@Facebook AR/VR website.

Open Research Awards

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June 7, 2021

2021 Towards Trustworthy Products in AR, VR, and Smart Devices request for proposals

To foster further innovation in this area, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this second call for research proposals that explore unique challenges, threats, attacks, mitigations, and other considerations in the burgeoning space of AR, VR, and smart devices.

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May 26, 2021

Request for proposals on engineering approaches to responsible neural interface design

The exploration of neural and neuromotor interfaces is growing both in academia and industry. With these technical developments come ethical…

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