Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Facebook launches new virtual reality app

Facebook launches new virtual reality app

Zuckerberg, addressing developers at Facebook's F8 summit, said the camera would play a larger role in the interaction between members of the social network and encouraged developers to concentrate on broadening the capabilities of photography through new apps.

That Facebook and Zuckerberg are interested in virtual reality has been known for quite some time; the company bought VR headset maker Oculus for $2 billion, though it has had some problems since then. If things get a bit out of hand, however, users can put the experience on pause, which puts their avatar in a separate, quiet space.

Facebook has finally unveiled its first virtual reality app.

If you want to know more and maybe even try out the app, visit the official Facebook Spaces website.

The app is now available for free on the Oculus Store, though this is the only place it's now available mostly due to its use of the Oculus Rift's Touch Controllers. You can change your eye color, hairstyle, facial features and more until your look fits your identity. This helps people recognize you and makes VR feel more like hanging out in person. Facebook launched it in beta for Oculus Rift on Tuesday. And it works on pets, too: point the camera at your dog to finally see what he's thinking during that game of fetch. For example, a new Discover tab on the Facebook Messenger platform will make it easier for users to find particular bots out of the many that are available, or scan Messenger Codes with their cameras to access information and offerings from particular businesses.

Facebook's AR Studio platform provides tools for 3D artists and developers to create unique augmented experiences that blend in with the real world. Users will be able to view a Space from their smartphone, and have their video call shown inside the virtual reality environment. There is also a virtual selfie-stick which lets you capture selfies of your VR avatars and whatever you are doing in VR so that you can share your experiences with those who were outside the space. Recently the company has launched stories on its platform. In fact, Facebook's head of Social VR said the journey is just 1 percent finished.

Building on the launch of chatbots on Messenger at F8 past year, Facebook announced the new Discover tab, to find recently used bots, popular "experiences" and search for businesses.

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