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VR App Facebook Spaces Wants To Make Virtual Reality A Social Experience

20 April 2017

Everyone knows that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is betting the future of his company on augmented reality (AR).

Facebook on Tuesday launched a mission to make smartphone cameras windows to augmented reality, focusing on what people have in hand instead of waiting for high-tech eyewear. "We're making the camera the first AR platform".

"It's actually pretty wonderful when you think about how much of the physical stuff we have doesn't need to be physical", he said.

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, all on mobile devices.

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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. "We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening".

"We are all about extending the physical world online".

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

The company is investing in a number of foundational technologies over the next 10 years, including connectivity, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality, Schroepfer said on the concluding day of the conference.

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"This year's keynote shows Facebook is serious about catching up in this area and competing with Snapchat and others".

Still, tell that to supermodel Miranda Kerr, who's engaged to Spiegel, and who recently said that she's " appalled " by Facebook's continued adoption of features made famous by Snapchat.

In keeping with current trends, Facebook also added a virtual selfie stick to Spaces, so that users can take a photo of everyone together, and then share that to the social network, to make their friends jealous of not having a pricey VR peripheral and heavy-duty PC.

Facebook also used the developers conference to introduce a test version of a virtual-reality (VR) application that lets people in different locations socialize in virtual worlds using Oculus Rift headgear. "Over time, I do think this is going to be a really important technology that changes how we use our phones and, eventually, all technology".

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