Live stream Facebook's annual F8 conference

Apr 19, 2017, 02:03
Live stream Facebook's annual F8 conference

Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually.

Facebook's annual two-day F8 Developer Conference kicks off on Tuesday at 10:30 IST. It would allow developers to use the same augmented reality that filters use to create images on faces or in frames, with a personal element to it - opening the door to a whole host of possibilities for developers to expand the technology or even monetize it, as well as open the door to new possibilities Facebook's audience for Stories.

For example: Facebook's camera effects and filters that enhance selfies with senseless or unusual cover, casings and channels.

Facebook recently added camera functionality to all of its apps, but Zuckerberg said that was just the start. Also, keep in mind Facebook acquired Wit.ai, a company that allows developers to create text or voice-based interfaces, in 2016, which makes us wonder if Facebook ever plans to give a voice to its assistant, and if it is planning to, we may learn about it during Zuckerberg's keynote. As a result, during the upcoming 10th anniversary of the company, founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to highlight some of Facebook's biggest stumbles in a speech.

Facebook shared a video with a preview of what AR Studio will look like on its Facebook For Developers page on Tuesday.

Facebook Spaces enables users to create their own avatars. "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.

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Facebook's focus on smartphones over high-tech glasses or headsets makes sense given how familiar they are, said Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

This is where things start to get a little insane, and potentially creepy for sensitive people.

Picture what could happen if the collective brainpower of thousands of software developers from around the globe were unleashed to dream up all kinds of new augmented reality experiences. "We need an open platform where any developer in the world can build for augmented reality without having to first build a camera and get a lot of people to use it". Developers will also be able to tap into the same location data powering Facebook, Instagram and Messenger experiences.

Messenger will also let people chat with outside businesses as a group.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Wall Street in February that the company was looking for ways to "grow the ecosystem of video content" on its platform, he probably didn't have Steve Stephens in mind. That raised questions about the company's ability to monitor gruesome material on its site.