Facebook Announces New AR Efforts at F8 Conference

Facebook Announces New AR Efforts at F8 Conference

At their F8 Developer Conference today Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the company is working on an Augmented Reality headset in addition to their existing Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets.

"AR is going to help us mix the digital and the physical in new ways, and make our physical lives better".

Giving a fresh impetus to its Augmented reality (AR) dream, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a new augmented reality platform for developers to encourage AR camera effects.

"This year's keynote shows Facebook is serious about catching up in this area and competing with Snapchat and others".

It also launched a virtual world, called Facebook Spaces, created to let users of its Oculus Rift VR headset hang out with avatar versions of their friends in a virtual world.

While Facebook has a vision for how we could be using our phones, the company is also pushing its virtual reality (VR) hardware.

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Some developers are being provided access to a closed beta of the platform before more are allowed in.

"Just like Apple built the iPod and iTunes ecosystem before the iPhone, you want to make sure there's a set of content there, even if there's not everything", Mr. Zuckerberg said. "Over time, I think this is going to be a really important technology that really changes how we use our phones and eventually all technology".

Building on the launch of chatbots on Messenger at F8 previous year, Facebook announced the new Discover tab, to find recently used bots, popular "experiences" and search for businesses. "People already have cameras and are used to having fun and being creative with them", he said.

Facebook's open-source user interface JavaScript framework React received two new updates. Yesterday in a blog post the company said it was not quick enough to take down the video of the killing, or the confession on Facebook Live that followed.

All of the work Facebook is doing is building toward the day - years down the line - the company can release prototypes for glasses.

"Local developers will lead each circle by organising offline events and managing a Facebook Group for that specific region", the report said. So Messenger is launching a discovery tab and new QR codes that directly put users in conversation with a bot. "QR codes are big in messaging apps in Asia but haven't caught on here in the United States, including when Messenger has tried them before".

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