Facebook CEO sees augmented reality's future in the camera

The F8 conference saw the announcement of a suite of developer tools for Facebook Camera.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told developers today that he plans to make the camera "the first augmented reality platform". 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. We already know that simple versions of such graphics are already in the market.

However, Facebook's entry into AR will be much bigger than that of "Pokemon GO".

"It's actually pretty wonderful when you think about how much of the physical stuff we have doesn't need to be physical", he said.

Relatively few of Facebook's 1.9 billion members are using Oculus's VR headset, which sells for about $US500 (or about $1,100 in Australia) and requires an expensive computer to make it work. On stage, the company demoed the feature where "It's feeding time!" rose out of a table, steam poured out of a coffee cup, sharks swam around a cereal bowl, and even web results for a bottle of wine popped up on the screen. It appears Facebook Spaces will also include games, which is probably a far more appealing feature. These are the following update topics that were being touched regarding Facebook.

Facebook is calling developers to apply for access to the closed beta of the platform's AR Studio tool.

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Messenger will also let people involve businesses in their group chats. And these songs could be heard by all the members at the same time.

"It brings real-time data from an actual match that's happening and adds it to your video", Deb Liu, Facebook's Vice President of Platform and Marketplace, said during the keynote. It's a virtual world for users to interact in.

At last year's F8, Zuckerberg took a subtle swipe at then-candidate Trump, saying, "Instead of building walls, we can help build bridges".

Augmented reality has been in the air for some time and got its first big hit previous year with Pokémon Go, a game in which users use their smartphones to chase digital creatures through the real world. This will make the Solo Virtual Reality an enjoyable friend gathering.

What: Facebook's annual developer F8 has kicked off today at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center and continues tomorrow with meetups around the world.

The message was clear: Facebook sees augmented reality as the future of computing technology. Be aware that the company will insist that any frame created in the tool abide by Facebook's guidelines and also not use any trademarked images or content.

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