Facebook Announces New AR Efforts at F8 Conference

Facebook Announces New AR Efforts at F8 Conference

Each year, Facebook invites developers to gather and gain insight into what the social media giant has up its sleeve. "But we're going to give this another go", Messenger boss David Marcus said.

Now, this is act two: "giving developers the power to build all kinds of AR tools into the first augmented reality platform, the camera", he continued. Facebook's new virtual reality app will make it feel like you're in the same room as friends, or on the same beach, garden or park - the new VR app can transport your avatar anywhere. But one thing seemed to really stand out today: Facebook is seriously devoted to augmented reality.

Speaking at the firm's F8 conference, Zuckerberg said engineers in a secretive unit were working to build interfaces between brains and computers.

Describing the app, Facebook's Social VR head Rachel Franklin said: 'Spending time with friends and family creates many of our most meaningful memories, but it's impossible to always be physically near the people we care about. The company isn't done with VR by a long shot, but it's now setting its sights on augmented reality, as well.

The new AR platform started by Facebook lets developers create 3D objects which then interact with live video feeds, superimposing the created objects upon the real world.

"Think about how numerous things you use [that] don't actually need to be physical". With Facebook Spaces, you can get an avatar that looks like you by choosing one of your Facebook photos and getting various VR appearance options.

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'We know where we want this go eventually - glasses or contact lenses that overlay this, ' Zuckerberg said. Once they answer your call a virtual window opens up that shows your friend in the VR world.

Even though we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident that now we're going to push this augmented reality camera forward.

Zuckerberg, speaking at the San Jose Convention Center, insisted the initiatives are all being pursued on behalf of Facebook's "next focus - building community".

Note that augmented reality is not the only area in which Facebook and Snapchat are competing.

Zuckerberg said Facebook has "a lot of work" to do.

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