Facebook CEO wants to augment your reality

While Facebook has a vision for how we could be using our phones, the company is also pushing its virtual reality (VR) hardware.

Apart from Camera Effects platform, new Facebook Spaces VR app was also announced alongside Developer Circles, a community-driven program that's free to join and open to any developer.

For now the AR-focused Camera Effects platform is necessarily a smartphone-only affair, but promises to provide the basis for some of the interactions that will take place in the flawless "glasses form-factor" AR headset of the future.

First of all, Facebook has clearly stated they're a bit late to the AR game.

Facebook has big augmented reality plans, and it wants to use its software to help developers create new AR experiences. "We're going to make the camera the first mainstream augmented reality platform", said Zuckerberg.

"It's going to take a while for this to develop", Zuckerberg acknowledged, adding that Facebook's camera-based platform is launching first in closed beta before becoming publicly available to all developers.

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He also shared what future AR innovations could look like.

Facebook says many effects can be built without the need to write any code.

Facebook executives stressed that the technology is still in its early stages, and that the "journey to the future of augmented reality is just one percent finished", as Deb Liu, vice president of platform and marketplaces, put it.

Facebook launched its Workplace to takes on Slack for intra-office communication previous year. "Over time, I think this is going to be a really important technology that really changes how we use our phones and eventually all technology". We hope that these new tools will soon be our new friends. Facebook added special effects cameras to its core apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.

Yesterday in a blog post the company said it was not quick enough to take down the video of the killing, or the confession on Facebook Live that followed. Zuckerberg initially said it was "crazy" that Facebook could have impacted the election, though later backtracked on his comments.

"Local developers will lead each circle by organising offline events and managing a Facebook Group for that specific region", the report said.

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