Hugo Barra Is Leaving Facebook to Enter Healthcare Tech Space Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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 guide its Oculus VR crew. Previous to his tenure at Fb, the Brazilian know-how government labored because the Vice President of Xiaomi. Barra introduced his departure from Fb by means of a submit on the social community. He stated that he was planning to enterprise into the healthcare know-how house to assist individuals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“At present is my final day at Fb Actuality Labs, after 4 years engaged on initiatives which were extra thrilling and tougher than something I’ve encountered in my profession, with among the brightest minds and kindest individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure to fulfill,” Barra wrote in his Fb submit.

In 2017, Barra left Xiaomi to hitch Fb. He was initially employed to guide the Oculus VR crew. Nonetheless, in Might 2019, the manager took the position of building a global AR/ VR partner ecosystem primarily based in New York Metropolis.

Barra offered some particulars about his subsequent enterprise and stated that he was making an attempt to enter the healthcare know-how house.

“I imagine society remains to be poorly outfitted with the instruments individuals want to actually perceive our well being and acquire 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 strive one thing fully totally different — to dive into the deep unknown (for me) and discover the healthcare know-how house. I hope to have the ability to apply what I’ve realized from working within the shopper tech trade to assist resolve significant issues within the healthcare world.”

Curiously, Barra introduced his moving-on from Fb within the midst of Fb creating sensible glasses in collaboration with Ray-Ban.

“Trying again at what we completed along with Oculus Go, Quest, and Quest 2, I am really 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 as we speak’s VR headsets to tomorrow’s AR glasses.”

Barra gained recognition for heading the Android division at Google in its rising stage earlier than becoming a member of 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.