Facebook CEO sees augmented reality's future in the camera

Janie Parker
April 20, 2017

California, April19:It has been more than three years since Facebook acquired Oculus with an aim of combining the virtual reality (VR) and social networking.

The possibilities for AR are only limited by a developer's imagination and there are plenty of ways in which the real world can be manipulated using this technology.

As the interest of people are changing from reading an article to watching videos or photos.

Facebook says that the Camera Effects Platform includes two products: Frames Studio and AR Studio.

The new AR platform started by Facebook lets developers create 3D objects which then interact with live video feeds, superimposing the created objects upon the real world.

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"For those of you who have watched us roll out cameras across all our apps and have asked what we're doing, that was act one". The AR tools will not only improve the cameras' functionality but also display directions and add digital objects.

During Facebook's F8 Developer Conference keynote speech, the social media giant's CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company is working on a free development platform for augmented reality that will speed up the evolution of this technology and hopefully bring it to your smartphone in the near 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.

Facebook also spoke about plans to revolutionise its Messenger app. The company has released the closed beta of its AR Studio platform, which will be "open" in later stages. "This gives people the option to scan Messenger Codes through the Messenger camera and link to their favourite brands and businesses", Facebook said in a statement. You will be able to drop songs into a group chat.

The AR Studio tool has three inputs to trigger augmented reality effects: Face Tracker (not identity or facial recognition), Sensor data, such as the gyroscope and location, and Scripting APIs to pull in data from other apps and respond to user inputs in real time. The workplace also opened its platform for developers to make custom bots specific to their organization's needs.

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