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Spaces will be a separate app that will bring together virtual avatars of your friends in a virtual space and will allow the participants to interact with virtual elements in a virtual space with real-world backgrounds. 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. It's the first time the company has connected the Rift to its social network in a meaningful way, though it's a development Zuckerberg hinted at when the company bought Oculus back in 2014 for $2 billion.

AR software is already available on smartphones: displaying information over a monument, for example, placing virtual objects in the physical world, like Pokémon Go, and transforming images, like Snapchat's filters, to generate amusing effects on people. They're highly likely to become a bit hit with users.

The social media giant upgraded its camera that now has the ability to run cutting edge AI and computer vision algorithms.

Snap representatives did not immediately respond to an email for comment on Tuesday afternoon. The other one is the AR Studio (presently in Beta) that can be used to create masks, scripted effects, animated frames and other AR technologies that react to movement, the environment or interactions during Facebook Live videos. "This will give people a chance to experience augmented reality in a way that isn't so scary or off-putting".

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Facebook is planning to tap into augmented reality technology popularised by the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go.

Zuckerberg's comment came during the opening of Facebook's annual developers conference in the heart of Silicon Valley, where he focused on technology tools meant to promote stronger communities.

"We know we need to do better", Justin Osofsky, Vice President of global operations at Facebook, wrote in a post on Monday. The company also introduced group video hangouts, and showcased examples of ways people can make video watching more social and interactive. (The company says it is working to improve its procedures after acknowledging it only received reports on the murder video an hour and a half after it was posted).

Ortutay reported from NY.

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