Facebook F8 217 - Facebook Spaces, Facebook Gameroom And More
Apr 21 2017 by Michele Stevens
Now the tech giant, which has almost 1.9 billion monthly active users, is starting in earnest to build the camera into what the ceo described as "the first mainstream augmented reality platform". And since this is just the beta version which is already looking promising, we are eager to see what improvements and new features Facebook will bring in the future.
Of course some of Facebook's new features are similar to (some say ripoff) things you have in Instagram and Snapchat.
Augmented reality though is the technology used by apps such as Pokemon Go which mixes reality with the virtual world.
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. And now it seems like Mark Zuckerberg is quite close to achieving the goal as he announced Facebook Spaces, a social VR platform, at the ongoing F8 2017developer conference.
The F8 conference saw the announcement of a suite of developer tools for FacebookCamera.
The app lets users interact, share 360° videos and photos and "relive personal memories from your own Timelines, or even make new ones", according to Facebook.
Facebook has announced FacebookSpaces, marking the company's first move into social VR.
Zuckerberg said that it would take time for the AR Studio platform to take shape. Facebook said it aims to combine a phone directory and Yellow Pages to help Messenger users find relevant contacts and businesses.
"It's going to take a while for this to develop", Zuckerberg acknowledged, adding that Facebook's camera-based platform is launching first in closed beta before becoming publicly available to all developers. "All this work is going to go into the glasses we all want".
A few developers have had early access to Camera Effects, including Giphy, which designed a thought bubble that can hover above your head while you're filming yourself to let your friends know what you're thinking. Together, you can look at Facebook 360 video, draw and hold different objects and show off pictures in a virtual reality slide show. A pair of free tools, known as AR Studio and Frame Studio, will be provided to developers looking to support the platform.