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Facebook F8 217 - Facebook Spaces, Facebook Gameroom And More

Facebook F8 217 - Facebook Spaces, Facebook Gameroom And More

Facebook today announced a platform for developers to build new experiences into its in-app cameras, saying it would bring augmented reality into the mainstream and position Facebook to reap the majority of the benefits. Especially since that rival unveiled a new feature on Tuesday - the ability to add 3D "lenses" to photos and videos taken with a phone's rear camera, rather than just selfies - that seemed like just the kind of thing Mark Zuckerberg's company would show off at F8. The first version of the Facebook AR software platform is available in beta today. It will allow the developers to create their effects. Mark Zuckerberg kicked proceedings off by unveiling the company's ambitious plans for augmented reality.

The F8 conference saw the announcement of a suite of developer tools for Facebook Camera.

Facebook Spaces lets Rift users "hang out" with friends in virtual worlds as if they were in the same room in the real world, according to a demonstration by Rachel Franklin, who heads the social VR team at the California-based firm.

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Relatively few of Facebook's 1.9 billion members are using Oculus's VR headset, which sells for about $US500 (or about $1,100 in Australia) and requires an expensive computer to make it work. Facebook's annual developer conference which is a two-day event will see the release of multiple updates by the tech giant.

Vanishing message application Snapchat more than a year ago began letting users add digital decorations to real-world photos with a "Lenses" feature. While face masks and frames, like we're already seeing in Facebook's app, will be part of the platform; it's technology called Simultaneous Location and Matching (SLAM) that'll make it really cool.

The launch comes as Facebook faces criticism as it tries to grow into its role as a platform that influences the lives of its nearly 2bn users. The Discover tab has started rolling to users in the US.

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Through the app, which launches in beta on Tuesday, users can create a digital avatar, then chat and interact with friends in VR. Facebook added special effects cameras to its core apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. "For those of you watching us roll out cameras (read copying Snapchat) across all our platforms, that was act one". However finding and using the chat bots is quite hard thus the reason for their less than enthusiastic take off. Facebook is not going down without a fight and is readying itself to launch a new tab called the Discover.

Zuckerberg sees virtual and augmented reality as the next phase of technological communication - and he's not alone.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as Android and iOS devices. With distrust running rampant, you'll have to determine if blood is thicker than water .


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