Facebook CEO sees augmented reality's future in the camera

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However, he expects to make up for the loss through Facebook's pioneer object recognition and machine learning technology. There is word that Facebook will talk about some new hardware that's being developed in its labs. The event was first launched ten years back.

In the demonstration, she showed a group of friends interacting in a VR world, playing games and drawing things for each other.

"Cameras can do so much more".

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At the April 18-19 conference in San Jose, the company might also lay out plans and updates for some of its key initiatives, like messaging and live video, Re/Code reported on Monday.

Zuckerberg always assumed that would come in the form of glasses or a headset, but he said smartphones are the first great AR devices.

So how can you watch his speech? In the meantime, you can register now (here) for online access.

Now in its 13th year, Facebook has held just 10 developer conferences and this is one of the largest in its history, with 4,000 people said to be in attendance. The challenge Facebook faces is two-fold - to find more users, and give them more to do. The social platform could announce new features for Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Zuckerberg outlined practical uses, like leaving virtual messages on the fridge each morning and new entertainment cases like gaming. "In the future, more of us will contribute to culture and society that's not measured by traditional economics and GDP".

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"Augmented reality will help us mix the digital and the physical in new ways", Zuckerberg said during a keynote presentation. Originally a paid service, the Slack competitor of sorts now works on a freemium model in which users pay to use certain features. Topics for those sessions include tips on creating compelling narratives in VR, building cross-platform VR content, and adding social components to your VR apps, signaling how important it is for Facebook. These features could allows you to add photo and video overlays.

At last year's F8, Zuckerberg took a subtle swipe at then-candidate Trump, saying, "Instead of building walls, we can help build bridges". "Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all of our apps", Zuckerberg said, "I'm now confident that we're going to put this technology forward".

VR social networks and communities already exist, and they're experiencing the same etiquette questions as social networks. In March, for instance, it introduced Facebook 360 for Gear VR.

There are eight different VR-related sessions at this year's conference, which represents nearly 20% of all the breakout sessions. "But we're not likely to be able to deliver the experience that we want right now".

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When Facebook first launched in 2004, the company's focus was connecting family and friends. Plants can be given virtual flowers, 3D games can be played on real tabletops, and virtual notes can be left in real locations. "And providing communication to people who don't have that is a way to do it".

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