Facebook wants to augment your reality

Facebook wants to augment your reality

Facebook wants to augment your reality

"Today we're going to start building this platform together", he said.

The three categories of the augmented reality content are; overlaying information, adding virtual objects and enhancing real objects.

And like a social network, Facebook wants you to have the control over your space. This involves creating a digital avatar to represent yourself in the VR world.

Facebook also launched a virtual world, called Facebook Spaces, created to let users of its Oculus Rift VR headset hang out with their friends wherever they might be.

Facebook launches VR app Facebook Spaces for Oculus.

CNNTech tested out Spaces at F8. People will be able to use this technology to find virtual street art on a wall that in real life is blank or leave a virtual note for a friend at a bar.

It's unclear how Facebook Spaces' overall interface works as Franklin only demonstrated people playing games or acting goofy in their virtual worlds. Facebook moves F8 Conference to San Jose for more space. In this virtual world, users can hang out with avatar versions of their friends in a virtual world. The app lets users interact, share 360° videos and photos and "relive personal memories from your own Timelines, or even make new ones", says Facebook.

Zuckerberg instead devoted the bulk of his Californian keynote yesterday (18 April) to augmented reality (AR), which he described as Facebook's second act. The social environment is also fairly limited - Spaces can only host groups of up to four people at this point.

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".

Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's CTO, told CNNTech that each avatar has a bubble of personal space around them that can only be broken by handshakes or fist-bumps if the avatar agrees.

If you haven't noticed the little camera on the top left hand side of your Facebook app maybe it's time you checked out it. Facebook "Stories" are a thing now, and this little camera is where you create them.

Because it's still in beta, Facebook will likely (hopefully) learn from early adopters as to how to make it a safe experience.

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