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Facebook Announces Spaces, VR Hangout App, For Oculus Rift F8 Conference

20 April 2017

Facebook held its F8 conference yesterday, with founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg opening the F8 developer conference with the announcement that the social media giant is making the camera "the first augmented reality platform".

Launched yesterday by Mark Zuckerberg, F8 2017, Facebook's annual developer's conference, opened with some major new features coming to your Facebook page.

According to a report in Time on Tuesday, AR-powered camera effects will be launching in a closed beta starting immediately. Facebook expects that developers will create games and other apps with AR Studio, and it's already experimented with creating an urban art project for augmented reality.

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. "I used to think that glasses were going to be the first mainstream augmented reality", he said.

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Facebook has launched a augmented reality camera effects developer platform.

Messenger also gets some new chat functions including an extension that allows more than one person to interact with popular apps like Spotify, for group interactions with playlists.

AR Studio includes tools for building masks, animations and advanced scripted effects.

"Think about how numerous things we have in our lives actually don't need to be physical - they can be digital - and think about how much better and more affordable and accessible they're going to be when they are".

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The other camera effect is the Frame studio.

Franklin said that VR is able to give people "a magical feeling of presence", and that the new Facebook Spaces app is the "first Facebook product we built to bring the vision to life".

Facebook was not mindlessly copying Snapchat with its recent update on its various platforms such as Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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