Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Sets Sights on Augmented Reality

But he adds, "Over time, I think this is going to be a really important technology that changes how we use our phones and eventually all of technology". For now the augmented reality that we can experience using our smartphones is still at a very basic level. The platform, which has a strong mobile focus but also desktop capabilities, provides a suite of tools for artists, designers and developers to build augmented reality (AR) apps for Facebook.

During his F8 kickoff speech, Zuckerberg noted that he had once believed the transition to augmented reality technologies would begin with eyeglasses.

Apart from Camera Effects platform, new Facebook Spaces VR app was also announced alongside Developer Circles, a community-driven program that's free to join and open to any developer.

He said that it would double down on the company's ambitious 10-year plan.

"There's pretty involved AR work to make this all work", Zuckerberg said on stage.

Mark Zuckerberg implied it should be our biggest takeaway from the event; Facebook sees these cameras as not just fun filters, but as a future platform for communication.

Zuckerberg noted that each year, Facebook invited developers to gather and gain insight into what the social media giant had up its sleeve. Over the past decade, Facebook has gone from a single website where people play Farmville to a public company that also owns Instagram, Oculus and What'sApp.

The company announced something called "Facebook Spaces", which is a virtual reality application that is in beta testing in the Oculus Rift VR headset that is sold by Facebook's Oculus unit. The effort is to augment human intelligence so that humans can keep pace with artificial intelligence.

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At F8 yesterday, Facebook also launched a new virtual reality app, Facebook Spaces, which is created to let users hang out in virtual environments "as if you were in the same room". The Camera Effects platform is created to be compatible with future augmented reality hardware, such as eyeglasses but in the meantime the effects will be available inside Facebook's Camera feature on smartphones.

The announcements will cover a variety of Facebook products and services, from the Facebook app and Messenger, to the company's other interests - like virtual reality. Facebook Spaces is a new virtual reality (VR) app that lets you interact with your friends in a virtual environment.

Earlier this month, a man from Cleveland posted on Facebook Live a video of him confessing to murder (he posted a video before showing him shooting a man).

Via the new feature, while snapping with the rear-facing camera, users can tap the camera screen to find the new 3D lenses. We expect to hear more about this product at F8 2017.


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