Facebook aims to crush Snapchat with augmented reality

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Zuckerberg has previously termed the virtual reality (VR) as the future of social interaction and in line with that, Facebook unveiled Facebook Spaces app that makes it possible to spend time with friends in virtual reality.

Ignoring the fact that most of us already spend the better part of our days with our eyes glued to our phone, typing in questions like, "Who was the guy in that thing?"

"We've also enabled discovery in the physical world with new parametric Messenger codes".

Mark Zuckerberg debuted "Facebook's Second Act" on Tuesday, which involves creating an "augmented reality" where users can turn their everyday life into Facebook. 'Pokemon GO, ' developed by Niantic and Nintendo, has generated a massive fan following as players can use AR to capture animated characters that appear in real-time locations.

Zuckerberg positioned the camera push as the start of an open developer platform for augmented reality that will feature additional capabilities as time goes on.

Augmented reality allows users to overlay computer-generated images in the real world.

Zuckerberg maintains that "AR building blocks" like simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), 3D effects, and AI-driven object recognition are fundamental in creating apps with the Camera Effects platform in the future. This platform includes two products, one being the Frames Studio which is an online creative editor while the other one is the AR Studio which is now open for beta applications and can be used to create masks, scripted effects, animated frames and other AR technologies.

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The Camera Effects Platform includes two products: Frames Studio and AR Studio.

"[We're working on] direct brain interfaces that one day will let you communicate using only your mind", the chief executive said. "We are going to make the camera the first mainstream augmented-reality platform".

While users can see each other in form of avatars, which are customisable, they can import videos from their own feed and even try mixed-reality experiences by video-calling people using messenger app's video chat feature. It was a rough draft for Facebook Spaces, a new virtual reality version of Facebook the company announced today.

Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family.

The Platform's main focus is on two new tools.

Other giants that loom large in the tech space, especially Apple, have also eyed AR as an advancement that could come to rival the smartphone. Users will be able to chat and gesture with their arms in the VR setting, while they can also draw pictures or watch YouTube videos together. For example, if you are chatting with your friend about ordering food, it could recommend delivery'com's bot to order some grub.

So while the company is battling a problem like fake news, it also has deadlier issues to face.

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