Facebook aims to crush Snapchat with augmented reality

Facebook lays out vision for augmented reality

Manchester United has teamed up with social media giants Facebook to demonstrate one of the platform's exciting new features, Camera Effects. Users will be able to invite up to three people to join them in VR or bring them into it using messenger video. "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 will depend on an inventory of external developers to contribute towards this new platform.

For game lovers Facebook's buyout of Oculus VR has set up the platform for Facebook Spaces. And in order to create better tools, we need an open platform where any developer in the world can build for augmented reality without having to build your own camera and getting a lot of people to use it....

"Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident that now we're going to push this augmented reality platform forward", he said. Virtual and augmented reality can completely replace them, thus providing us with more space in our homes for other activities. "We want glasses, or eventually contact lenses, that look and feel normal but let us overlay all kinds of information and digital objects on top of the real world".

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Zuckerberg spoke about the usefulness of AR. The company also announced new partnerships with Disco, Skyhigh, Netskope and Smarsh to support regulatory and compliance requirements for data loss prevention and e-discovery.

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.

Rachel Rubin Franklin, the former head of the Sims video game franchise, said it lets you spend time with people and gives "the essence that you're really there together". Specifically, Facebook has a goal of creating a silent speech system capable of typing 100 words per minute straight from your brain - that's five times faster than you can type on a smartphone today. Think of it like this: You take many photos and choose to share only some of them.

Facebook also has a project directed at allowing people to hear with their skin.

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