Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Facebook To Make The Camera Its Augmented Reality Platform

Facebook To Make The Camera Its Augmented Reality Platform

The Facebook founder said his company has "a lot of work" to do on this front.

Imagining a world 20 or 30 years from now, he predicts we will wear stylish glasses all day, offering "VR, AR, and everything in between", with real and virtual worlds seamlessly mixing throughout our daily lives.

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Facebook also launched a virtual world, called Facebook Spaces, created to let users of its Oculus Rift VR headset hang out with avatar versions of their friends in a virtual world.

Right now, Facebook is focused on laying down the foundation of the technology so that when it finally becomes available in its true form, everything is set to take advantage of its full potential. Pointing both thumbsticks of the Oculus Touch upward will translate into a laugh, pointing them outward will translate into a smile, and turning them outward will translate into an avatar who looks confused. For now, the app is in beta stage and is made compatible with Oculus Rift headsets.

While the new tools and features are impressive, analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research cautioned that that "most of them won't be in users' hands anytime soon".

They are also eligible to enjoy 360-degree photos and videos with their friends. Other things that users can do with their friends include taking selfies, drawing pictures using virtual pens, and launching virtual fist bumps.

Facebook Spaces might also feel limited, though, with only four users present at any given time around a table and a surrounding screen.

Rachel Franklin, Facebook's head of social VR says, "We want Facebook Spaces to be a comfortable place for everyone".

Looking to a nearer future, where VR and AR are still treading distinct hardware paths, Abrash notes that "always-on, go-everywhere mixed reality" won't be a VR headset's strong suit, due to the problem of social acceptability; see-through AR glasses is the sensible route towards acceptable integration of virtual computing.

Facebook Spaces is now in beta but can already be downloaded for free through the Oculus Store.

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