Augmented reality is next big thing, says Zuckerberg

Each year, Facebook invites developers to gather and gain insight into what the social media giant has up its sleeve. Zuckerberg did not make this clear but hinted that augmented reality encourages people to look up from their screens and interact with others and find common ground - although for now that experience is still mediated by the smartphone screen.

Now the tech giant, which has almost 1.9 billion monthly active users, is starting in earnest to build the camera into what the ceo described as "the first mainstream augmented reality platform".

Today, a closed beta opens for developers that will let them experiment with photo and video filters, games, art projects, and more. Zuckerberg used the example of visiting the Coliseum and holding up a phone to learn more about the history and structure of the building.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared that vision for the company Tuesday during its annual developers conference, known as F8. However, the technology is set to shake up the way we use our phones. Facebook will introduce an Augmented Reality mode to the camera in messenger, which will layer connected content on top of the world around you. Augmented reality superimposes images on the real world, while virtual reality immerses people in a computer-generated world.

"We see something order to create better tools", Zuckerberg said.

Facebook also spoke about plans to revolutionise its Messenger app.

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The young-billionaire has set his mind to building something on the lines of affordable augmented reality and the most logical step would be to start with creating software. "That's why it's so important, and this is just the beginning", Zuckerberg said.

We hope Facebook to let us know how we can use its new VR social network for let's say productive tasks, entrepreneurial ventures or educational purposes. "This is the communications medium we use today for good and bad", Jackson said.

Facebook enterprise businesses tool Workplace also added chat bots. To push AR forward, there needs to be an open platform, Zuckerberg said.

At F8 yesterday, Facebook also launched a new virtual reality app, Facebook Spaces, which is created to let users hang out in virtual environments "as if you were in the same room".

  • Arturo Norris