For a teenage Mark Zuckerberg, high school mathematics class meant dreams of traveling to distant worlds through virtual reality. Those ideas stayed with him as he grew Facebook into the mammoth it’s become today, and they’re now guiding him as he ponders the future of the social media platform.

It will be immersive, it will be bring people closer together, and it will happen sooner than you might think, he said on Sunday in Barcelona.

“I’ve been waiting for the day to come when we can deliver this experience,” he said. “Today, this is now possible. That day is here.”

Zuckerberg was speaking at a Samsung event held to launch two new smartphones and where the South Korean company also unveiled a new 360-degree still and video camera called the Gear 360.

The two companies started working together last year, and in November Samsung launched the $99 Gear VR headset. Users clip in a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone to be able to take virtual adventures.

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Attendees watch virtual reality content in Gear VR headsets at a Samsung event in Barcelona on Feb. 21, 2016.

The Gear VR is based on technology from Oculus, a virtual reality company Facebook acquired in 2014 for $2 billion. At the time, some questioned Facebook’s purchase of Oculus, but now the reason for it is clear.

“VR is the next platform, where anyone can create and experience anything they want,” said Zuckerberg. “Pretty soon, we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you’re just right there in person.”

Virtual reality relies on 360-degree videos that capture a scene from all angles. It requires a camera with two or more lenses and software that stitches the video or still images together. That’s what Samsung’s Gear 360 does. Earlier in the day, LG Electronics announced a similar 360-degree camera.



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