Facebook’s F8 is a developer conference held every year that allow Facebook to make their future goals to public and allow developers to learn what new ways they can use the biggest social media platform.
Facebook have sure become (or trying to become) more than just a social media company and that idea was clearly reflected in Facebook’s F8 event on 19 and 20 of this month. Facebook laid out the foundation and made several announcements that showcased the future plans of the giant. As It turned out to be the future is all about AR and VR.
Mark Zuckerberg, commented clearly about FB copying Snap’s feature to lay a more bigger field of play for developers and third party advertisers to take advantage of. Facebook Out sourced its AR camera development toolkit to allow third party developers to develop filters as per their wish. That means that advertisers can now develop filters for themselves. Snapchat allowed ads in filters but the development was done in house. That means we can see many vendors designing and providing lenses and filters for FB camera.
This doesn’t stop here. Facebook also released a new feature that allows any one to create custom filters for the camera for the groups and page followers to use namely frame studio. The filters can be a clip art or image that can be placed when the camera is launched. This will surely make people to use the camera more and more as this is the core initiative of Facebook.
On The VR side the first prominent release at the Facebook’s F8 was Facebook Space a VR version of Facebook that allows friends to sit in a virtual room and chat and draw in cartoonish avatar. The idea is only available to Oculus VR headsets- as owned by FB them-self but soon this will roll out on other headsets as well.
Facebook also showcased their next generation 360 cameras namely surround 360 x24 and x6 models. X24 having 24 cameras and X6 (yes you guessed it) have 6 cameras. Both the cameras are meant for increasing 360 VR ready content on Facebook. The also outsourced them to allow more developers to build for the technology.
A lot of outsourcing was done at the event which included React VR and fiber, Litho (the FBs developer tool for android), Caffe 2-Fb’s AI development kit and more as mentioned above. All this means that Facebook is looking forward for more improvement and to see what other developers and teams bring on the table. Facebook’s F8 also saw good amount of discussion on bots and their inclusion in the messenger app.