Facebook CEO sees augmented reality's future in the camera

Mark Zuckerberg says 'we have a lot more to do here' in regard to 'Facebook Killer'

Mark Zuckerberg says 'we have a lot more to do here' in regard to 'Facebook Killer'

Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually.

Augmented reality, virtual reality and a chat assistant that knows when you're hungry - Facebook is making some big changes in 2017.

It's Mark Zuckerberg's augmented reality world.

Augmented reality involves the overlay of computer-generated images into real-world surroundings.

"We're offering a suite of creative tools to give our community of artists and developers the power to create a full spectrum of effects for the new Facebook camera, from simple photo frames to interactive effects and masks using the latest in augmented reality technologies", says Facebook.

Imagining this isn't too hard as Pokemon Go has showed the world what AR actually looks and feels like.

"Augmented reality will help us mix the digital and the physical in new ways", Zuckerberg said during a keynote presentation.

Facebook Spaces has been launched in beta for Oculus Rift and will let users view Facebook content with friends in VR, including 360 videos and photos.

"I am confident now we are going to push this augmented-reality platform forward", Zuckerberg said, predicting the technology would eventually be incorporated into eyeglasses. Anyone with a good idea or some experience can join the AR Studio and start experimenting with this new exciting tech, which has gone well past Pokemon Go already. Facebook Spaces is a new VR app through which you can interact with your friends and family in a virtual environment no matter where they live. "Facebook has the resources to move fast in this area and the audience to spread those features much more widely than Snapchat", Dawson wrote in a brief research note. Developers will now work to create applications that maximise this platform.

Facebook is being used by some 1.15 billion people a day, and Facebook-owned Instagram now has 200 million daily active users for its lens-heavy Stories feature alone.

Facebook is also teaching users to see augmented reality as a when-you-need-it technology instead of something that's always there.

Facebook also added chat extensions to the Messenger app that allow multiple people to chat with the same business at the same time.

While users might primarily see Messenger as a way to chat with friends, Facebook wants to make it a place where businesses and news organisations can connect with people. Now, Messenger wants to do the same for businesses, creating a "yellow pages" of sorts that let companies communicate with their customers.

"We've also enabled discovery in the physical world with new parametric Messenger codes". Moreover, friends can collaboratively build a Spotify playlist, or find a consensus about group travel options and book flights together.

Facebook subsequently acknowledged it had taken it more than two hours to remove the clips after the first video was posted, despite it having received complaints in the interim. That raised questions about the company's ability to monitor gruesome material on its site.

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