Facebook To Make The Camera Its Augmented Reality Platform

In the meantime, developers will have to settle for a new Camera Effect Platform, which lets users build AR tools for Facebook's in-app camera.

Get ready. Facebook's about to bring it!

While Facebook made numerous announcements during its 80-minute F8 keynote address, none was arguably larger than the unveiling of its Camera Effects platform, which lets third-party developers create masks, filters, frame effects and other digital objects that can be added to material recorded with the camera features within Facebook's mobile apps, including live video.

Last year, one of Mark Zuckerberg's main areas of interest was virtual reality (which Facebook and Oculus are continuing to work on).

Facebook has announced Facebook Spaces, marking the company's first move into social VR.

"Even though we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident that now we're going to push this augmented reality camera forward".

For most users, the two will seem the same, but the difference between the two is significant.

Facebook's intervention in the world of augmented reality means it will become mainstream sooner than had been anticipated.

In Facebook Spaces our avatars are created according to the photos that we have uploaded to the social network. It places gamers in a virtual reality as an avatar, in a world inhabited by your other friends who are also avatars. You will be sitting around a table, and you will be able to share videos as you talk. He also noted the similarities between what Facebook is doing with AR and what Snapchat parent Snap is trying to do.

The company launched them past year in Messenger but they were over-hyped and not many people use them.

The company has opened the tech up to developers all over the world, allowing them to build on the Camera Effects Platform.

They're called "bots" because they're similar to robots.

Facebook is also rolling out new features and applications for businesses that use its bot technologies or its Workplace collaborative platform.

'Today, we're introducing a new VR app where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room'.

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