Facebook wants to see everything you see

The social network's founder took to the stage at the firm's annual F8 developer conference at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Center to show off new AR software

The social network's founder took to the stage at the firm's annual F8 developer conference at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Center to show off new AR software

Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually. He brought it up while making remarks at F8, Facebook's annual developer conference.

Other uses of augmented reality have included the ability to hang out with a hologram of "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm or assemble a virtual human brain.

Facebook executives stressed that the technology is still in its early stages, and that the "journey to the future of augmented reality is just 1 percent finished", as Deb Liu, vice president of platform and marketplaces, put it.

In the past, Zuckerberg has said that he wants live video to support all the "raw and visceral" ways people communicate. 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. The app lets users enter VR world where they find a cartoon avatar that acts as a guide.

Snapchat has launched new 3D World Lenses.

The social media giant says that this represents a new way to interact with friends on the service through the creation of virtual avatars in shared virtual spaces.

Now, Abrash fully admits that it will take decades before this vision is fully realized, but he didn't shy away from declaring that in five years, AR technology could effectively make smartphones obsolete.

This year, he seems to be focusing his attention on augmented reality.

Zuckerberg imagines AR experiences breaking down into three major categories: augmenting objects in the physical world with additional information, layering virtual objects onto reality like a board game or a television, and enhancing objects that are already there with extra effects.

Facebook also announced a bevy of updates to Messenger, its increasingly independent messaging app. The company also introduced group video hangouts, and showcased examples of ways people can make video watching more social and interactive. The idea is simplify what might otherwise require a flurry of texts and sharing of links. It took Facebook more than two hours to take down footage of the grizzly murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr committed by Stephens.

However during the conference, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted that the company could have glasses or even contact lenses that could rival Snap's offerings, although when exactly that will debut remains to be seen.

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