Facebook F8 conference: Zuckerberg showcases social media VR, AR, AI and more

"Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident we're going to push this augmented reality platform forward", Zuckerberg said.

But Facebook could still have the edge on rivals such as Snapchat, which also launched some augmented reality features on Tuesday, likely to coincide with Facebook's news.

"Augmented reality will help us mix the digital and the physical in new ways", Zuckerberg said during a keynote presentation.

Facebook promises that their new AR platform will be "open", with Zuckerberg adding that the closed beta is available today, but "It's going to take a while for this develop". "Facebook has the resources to move fast in this area and the audience to spread those features much more widely than Snapchat", Dawson wrote in a brief research note.

Facebook's big plan is to make AR commonplace and the only way to do it is by creating software that transforms an ordinary smartphone into an augmented reality gadget.

Donning his signature grey T-shirt and jeans, Zuckerberg began his keynote by addressing the recent gruesome Cleveland murder that was broadcast on Facebook on Sunday.

Even augmented reality has raised concerns about privacy and security because of the geolocation data users are sharing when they blend the digital and real worlds.

From an all-new AR developer platform to group chatbots to a new virtual reality experience for its main platform itself, here is a recap of everything the social networking giant announced at F8. We use cookies to improve your browsing experience.

When Facebook first launched in 2004, the company's focus was connecting family and friends.

One way that Facebook's new AR platform will come to life is by allowing developers to layer information cards digitally onto real life objects. Messenger is also launching a dedicated discovery tab and new QR codes that, when scanned, bring users directly into conversation with a bot.

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.

He also briefly mentioned Facebook's plans for the future, and confirmed that development is underway on a revolutionising computer interface that is capable of 'mind reading'. Messenger's artificial intelligence (AI) assistant, M, now offers a unique tool that lets users order food online through delivery.com.The entire process, which includes ordering food and payment, can be done without leaving the platform.

While we believe current hardware constraints including price point and form factor will likely limit widespread adoption in the near term, we believe Facebook is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the growing AR/VR opportunities as these devices become more accessible to average consumers.

  • Carolyn Briggs