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Hugo Barra – Head of Facebook’s Oculus Is Leaving

The announcement was made on Barra's Facebook page.

The Brazilian-born computer scientist and head of Facebook Reality Labs announced that today, May 17th, would be his last day as VP.

Having been Vice President of Xiaomi for three years before rising to the position at Facebook in 2017, Hugo Barra looked back on the multitude of projects and experiences that he was part of on his Facebook page, earlier in the day. Working with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Brendan Trexler Iribe, Mike Schroepfer and others at Oculus, there is certainly a lot to cover.

The former sent a heartfelt farewell in the comment section as it was Zuckerberg that approached Barra 5 years ago to lead the Oculus team and work on virtual reality.

“Thanks for everything you’ve done to help build the next computing platform and the whole ecosystem around it. I’ve learned so much working with you, and I’m excited to see what you build next.”

Mark Zuckerberg

Together, they developed a range of VR and AR projects – the likes of Oculus Go, Oculus Quest and the Quest 2.

Despite his departure, the company is set to continue its innovative ventures and partnerships. In particular, the launch of Facebook’s smart glasses together with Ray-Ban is definitely one to watch.

The future?

Barra intends to “explore the healthcare technology space” as he believes that “society is still poorly equipped with the tools people need to really understand our health and gain control over our health outcomes”.

Facebook, nonetheless, continues to progress in this area, as well. In March, Facebook unveiled an AR device that is able to tap into your nervous system.

Facebook has not yet announced the person to fill the position, at the time of writing.

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