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Facebook unveils AR software and confirm plans for futuristic 'mind control' map

21 April 2017

Facebook's founder and chef executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out his plan for the future of the social network during its 10th annual F8 developers conference. You can draw in the air with a virtual marker to create anything you can dream up, from a decorative hat to a handmade tic-tac-toe board.

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".

Spaces is now in beta stage and allows Facebook users to hang out with their friends in VR environment.

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Zuckerberg instead devoted the bulk of his Californian keynote yesterday (18 April) to augmented reality (AR), which he described as Facebook's second act.

Facebook promises that their new AR platform will be "open", with Zuckerberg adding that the closed beta is available today, but "It's going to take a while for this develop". Facebook said having an avatar look like you helps "people recognize you and makes VR feel more like hanging out in person".

Facebook isn't stopping at virtual worlds.

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The app is billed as a "virtual" manifestation of Facebook, allowing users to create a personalised avatar before interacting with friends. The app is free on the Oculus store and uses the Touch controllers to track your hand movements. Be aware that the company will insist that any frame created in the tool abide by Facebook's guidelines and also not use any trademarked images or content. There is indeed a selfie stick option that allows users to take photos of the VR experience and share it on Facebook.

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

Although Facebook (fb) now sells its Oculus Rift VR headset, the company had yet to unveil its own VR app, instead relying on third-party developers to build VR apps for its headset. In this virtual world, users can hang out with avatar versions of their friends in a virtual world. You can also mute, remove or block any of the persons from your space.

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Changes were made and features added to Facebook Messenger that aim to improve communication between consumers and businesses.