Hugo Barra, Vice President of VR at Fb, on Tuesday introduced that he’s leaving the corporate after over 4 years. Barra, 44, joined Fb in 2017 to steer its Oculus VR staff. Previous to his tenure at Fb, the Brazilian expertise govt labored because the Vice President of Xiaomi. Barra introduced his departure from Fb by a put up on the social community. He stated that he was planning to enterprise into the healthcare expertise house to assist individuals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Right now is my final day at Fb Actuality Labs, after four years engaged on tasks which have been extra thrilling and more difficult than something I’ve encountered in my profession, with a number of the brightest minds and kindest individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure to satisfy,” Barra wrote in his Fb put up.
In 2017, Barra left Xiaomi to affix Facebook. He was initially hired to steer the Oculus VR staff. Nevertheless, in Might 2019, the chief took the function of building a global AR/ VR partner ecosystem primarily based in New York Metropolis.
Barra supplied some particulars about his subsequent enterprise and stated that he was attempting to enter the healthcare expertise house.
“I consider society continues to be poorly geared up with the instruments individuals want to actually perceive our well being and achieve management over our well being outcomes,” he stated. “Impressed by this reflection and after working in tech for over 20 years, I’ve determined to attempt one thing fully completely different — to dive into the deep unknown (for me) and discover the healthcare expertise house. I hope to have the ability to apply what I’ve realized from working within the client tech business to assist clear up significant issues within the healthcare world.”
“Wanting again at what we completed along with Oculus Go, Quest, and Quest 2, I am actually past proud,” he stated. “And I am equally enthusiastic about what’s but to return, beginning this yr with the launch of Fb’s sensible glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban, which can start connecting the dots from immediately’s VR headsets to tomorrow’s AR glasses.”
Barra gained recognition for heading the Android division at Google in its rising stage before joining Xiaomi in August 2013. He labored with the search large for six years between 2008 and 2013, and held roles together with the Vice President and Product spokesperson for Android.