The entrance to the center was getting power washed Monday morning as an estimated 4,000 people show up in the for F8, Facebook's annual developers conference. His intention of using technology to completely transform the world will find more sound footing this year as well as the issues that are plaguing the platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the gathering of programmers and other tech folks by talking about augmented reality tools he envisions on Facebook. This year Facebook is poised to show off what it meant.
Both companies introduced new camera filters on Tuesday that will let users express themselves in photos and videos using the latest augmented reality techniques.
Think Pokemon Go but on steroids.
Zuckerberg pointed to a future when unobtrusive glasses or contact lenses would layer a digital world on top of the real world, making one's TV a $5 VR app and not a $500 device. Again, once these effects have been approved, they can be used in the new Facebook camera app for images, video or Facebook Live streaming events. "We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety".
"We are clearly in a visual world".
Last year, Facebook touched upon AR and its potential to change how we shop, travel, and games. "Recognizing whether we are in the right place, seeing people around us, capturing memories without having to make a lot of effort to take a photo", says Josh Elman, a partner with Greylock who worked for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter before becoming a venture capitalist. It's also worth mentioning that Snapchat played an important role in popularising this trend and Facebook has been widely ridiculed for copying Snapchat. For now the augmented reality that we can experience using our smartphones is still at a very basic level.
Zuckerberg envisions the marriage of augmented reality and Facebook's camera feature enabling people to make even mundane chores, like doing the dishes, look entertaining with digital effects.
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One way to lure developers is with F8, an annual rite created to dazzle, this year more than ever.
Other Facebook properties like Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus might not be involved in this year's conference as well.
Facebook also announced a bevy of updates to Messenger, its increasingly independent messaging app. This year's conference will begin with a keynote from Zuckerberg at 10 am PST, and it will be followed by yet another keynote on Wednesday, as well as more than 45 sessions. Building 8 has been loading up on specialists in customer hardware, neuroscience, and mechanical autonomy and PC vision. Cameras are said to be part of the experimental mix and so is brain scanning (the distant promise of telepathy is something that fascinates Zuckerberg).
At the time, it was a radical move.
A second tool, Frame Studio, allows anyone to create their own static frames.