Facebook CEO sees augmented reality's future in the camera

Last year, Facebook extended the conference to two days and launched its bot platform for Messenger, showed off virtual reality, pushed deeper into live video and rolled out a 360-degree video camera, the report said.

Facebook today announced it will launch an augmented reality developer platform that will change the way we use our phones. Of course, it could also result in people staring into their smartphones even more intently as they marvel at an alternate reality instead of their actual surroundings. However, he hinted that Facebook will release some kind of glasses or headset: "Over time I think this is going to be a really important technology".

Facebook Spaces lets Rift users "hang out" with friends in virtual worlds as if they were in the same room in the real world, according to a demonstration by Rachel Franklin, who heads the social VR team at the California-based firm. This could include some new AR related projects as well as upgrades to its 360 degree camera. It will allow them to create and design frames that can be used as part of a Facebook profile picture or, more importantly, in the new Facebook camera app.

Snap representatives did not immediately respond to an email for comment on Tuesday afternoon.

"Some of these effects are going to be fun, and others are going to be useful", he said.

[Image: Facebook] These science fictions are becoming reality thanks to Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg cares about a few things: his family (including his dog Beast), live video and VR, and destroying Snapchat.

Facebook is planning to tap into augmented reality technology popularised by the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go. Facebook wants to add AR gaming to its apps, like turning a regular table into an AR battleground, and even AR art, like changing a blank wall into a huge 3D, animated piece of street art. They're like Facebook Groups for developers, helping connect people living in the same area and offering educational options like special classes from Udacity. The idea is simplify what might otherwise require a flurry of texts and sharing of links.

Meanwhile, Facebook came under sharp criticism this week after a Cleveland man uploaded a video of him murdering Robert Godwin. That raised questions about the company's ability to monitor gruesome material on its site.

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergFacebookOver the weekend, Snapchat found itself in a full-blown PR crisis after CEO Evan Spiegel was accused of saying that the app was "only for rich people" and that he didn't "want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain".

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