Facebook unveil ambitious plan to bring augmented reality into your daily life

Facebook wants social VR to be a thing. That's never going to happen.

Facebook wants social VR to be a thing. That's never going to happen.

At last year's Facebook F8 developer conference, CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined his company's 10-year roadmap to making the world "more open and connected".

The platform will allow developers to design frames that can be added to a user's profile picture or photos and videos taken with the Facebook camera, which is available in the Messenger and main Facebook apps. The AR tools will not only improve the cameras' functionality but also display directions and add digital objects.

While kicking off the leading social network's annual developers conference in the heart of Silicon Valley, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg called smartphone cameras an initial and promising platform for augmented-reality features in applications tailored to synch with the social network.

Zuckerberg maintains that "AR building blocks" like simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), 3D effects, and AI-driven object recognition are fundamental in creating apps with the Camera Effects platform in the future.

Facebook Spaces is a new VR app where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room. Notably, the social media networking giant announced its Facebook Spaces VR app, which has virtual-reality hangout spaces much like Oculus Rooms announced previous year.

If I spent a week imagining a future created to simulate damnation, it still wouldn't be as painful as watching Facebook's awkward announcement video.

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Facebook also announced a new programme for developers all over the world to connect, learn, and collaborate with other local developers.

Developer Circles is a group program that brings together developers in local areas to not only build together but also connect and learn from one another. It's clear that Facebook is going all in on video; the recent addition of the Instagram-like stories shows that.

"We want Facebook Spaces to be a comfortable place for everyone".

Facebook says eventually we're headed to AR glasses or even contact lenses, but what's achievable now is a $1 app, instead of a $500 pair of glasses.

Facebook also launched a virtual world, called Facebook Spaces, created to let users of its Oculus Rift VR headset hang out with their friends wherever they might be.

Ignoring the fact that most of us already spend the better part of our days with our eyes glued to our phone, typing in questions like, "Who was the guy in that thing?" Chat Extensions, on the other hand, will allow many people to chat with the same business at the same time and share their experience. Users will be able to check out a preview screen about what a bot does before starting a conversation with one.