Zuckerberg has Some Ambitious Plans for Facebook
People can watch Facebook content with friends in VR, including 360 videos, draw in the air with a virtual marker, and phone a friend in the real world with Messenger video calling to bring more people into the VR space.
Today, as part of its F8 developer conference, the company announced the launch of its Camera Effects Platform, which it claims will offer developers a way to add AR effects to its Facebook camera software.
Facebook Spaces is their new VR app that allows users to hang out and interact with friends in a virtual environment, as if they were all in the same place. According to Zuckerberg, with the technology today and future one, numerous real things we have will no longer have to be real.
During his F8 kickoff speech, Zuckerberg noted that he had once believed the transition to augmented reality technologies would begin with eyeglasses. "We need an open platform where any developer in the world can build for augmented reality without having to first build a camera and get a lot of people to use it".
He also hinted at the firm's more distant future, confirming rumours it is developing a radical mind reading computer interface.
If your friends don't have the costly Oculus setup, you can call them from your virtual world via Messenger, and they can see everything they're missing.
The Facebook boss described the previous rollout of camera functionality across all of Facebook's apps as "act one". It worth mentioning that you can make use of this Facebook Spaces photos to post on your real worth feed. "I used to think glasses would be the first mainstream augmented reality platform", he said.
Zuckerberg, speaking at the San Jose Convention Center, insisted the initiatives are all being pursued on behalf of Facebook's "next focus - building community". So, Facebook's Camera Effects Platform takes that one big step further by giving developers the ability to build AR tools for the camera. Given the scale, impact and audience Facebook has, other companies and products will follow, so what we're really talking about is an industry direction. Facebook said it aims to combine a phone directory and Yellow Pages to help Messenger users find relevant contacts and businesses.