Facebook in Philly
That Facebook trailer on Dilworth Park.

If you’d like to see what VR is like, here’s your chance.

The Facebook Virtual Reality Roadshow is in Philly. Last week, they were over at the Franklin Institute. The trailer pulled up outside Dilworth Park Wednesday morning for a four-day run.

ICYMI, Facebook owns the VR company Oculus. This roadshow is part of their push to fold in immersive?experiences? with the social media interactions users know them for. Before entering the “pod,” visitors are handed Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Oculus, for a demo. Tour manager Kevin Tichenor says they’re hoping to reach the uninitiated, to give folks their first VR try.

The roadshow is hitting 28 cities through January. Here in Philly, visitors are welcome from noon to 8 p.m. today and Thursday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Teens from ages 13 through 18 need to be accompanied by an adult; kids younger than 13— no dice. The free demo lasts roughly two to three minutes, and visitors can leave with prizes in hand and souvenir GIFs sent to them.


Cassie Owens is a reporter/curator for BillyPenn.com. She was assistant editor at Next City and has contributed to Philadelphia City Paper, Metro, the Jewish Daily Forward, The Islamic Monthly and Spoke,...