At the Facebook F8 Developer Conference, Mark Zuckerberg has given an overview of important issues about the future of Facebook. Specifically, it has announced a camera for an augmented reality platform. In addition, with Facebook Spaces the social network gives the step to virtual reality.
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Snapchat is the Facebook model for augmented reality
Facebook, surprised by the enormous success of Snapchat, has included in the last months, in almost all applications, features similar to those of Snapchat. We can mention for example, Instagram Stories, the new states of WhatsApp or also Facebook Direct. But what are Snapchat features without filters? Little thing.
Camera Effects is the name that Facebook has given to the solution. This platform allows developers to create a frame around an image. However, the development toolset is much more powerful. Because of RA studies (augmented reality), objects can be integrated into videos. This is, therefore, the entry of Facebook into augmented reality.
In the coming years, the augmented reality will be determined by smartphones and their cameras. Smartphones, which may be the most direct access, are not yet technically ready for the market in the near future, as Mark Zuckerberg said during his introduction.
In a broader context, Facebook Camera wants to consolidate itself as an augmented reality platform. Developers will be able to effortlessly create applications that display the content of the camera’s image so that Facebook will take care of the recognition of depth information as well as the location and placement of objects.
What is initially used for the aforementioned Snapchat type filters may be used later for other purposes. Zuckerberg mentioned three pillars that will be basic in augmented reality: displaying information, placing digital objects in the environment, and improving (or replacing) real objects. With the help of the camera of the smartphone, a blank wall could become, for example, an elaborate work of art. Only when this stage is reached, the augmented reality of Facebook will stop following Snapchat’s (more entertainment-oriented) steps.
Although it is clear that Facebook takes the augmented reality very seriously, and spent a lot of time during the presentation, virtual reality was also an important issue during the presentation. Facebook Spaces is the vision of how virtual interactions will take place. Up to three users can stay in a Space and interact with each other through avatars, display photos and, of course, talk to each other. Using a “virtual selfie stick” you can do virtual selfies in Facebook Spaces.
The fundamental element for selfies on Facebook are naturally the avatars. All of them have a similar appearance in mood key, and are based on actual images of the user. Although of course, you can adjust all the parameters to suit each one.
Facebook Spaces is now available as a beta for Oculus Rift. However, Spaces is not limited to this platform, but will also appear in the future in other virtual reality platforms. When this will happen this is something that is not known yet.
Facebook showed an amazing 360-degree camera
With the 360 x24 Surround, Facebook has introduced its own 360-degree camera. With a total of 24 individual cameras, the Surround 360 captures the environment with extremely high quality. The camera is not only able to take simple panoramas, but can create videos with great realism. There is a slightly smaller version of the same that has six cameras.