Facebook CEO Announces New AR Studio Development Platform
During Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference keynote speech, the social media giant’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company is working on a free development platform for augmented reality that will speed up the evolution of this technology and hopefully bring it to your smartphone in the near future. Anyone with a good idea or some experience can join the AR Studio and start experimenting with this new exciting tech, which has gone well past Pokemon Go already.
That Facebook and Zuckerberg are interested in virtual reality has been known for quite some time; the company bought VR headset maker Oculus for $2 billion, though it has had some problems since then. However, AR is just as viable a technology, yet should cost a lot less to develop and doesn’t require any expensive purchases for consumers. Most current-gen smartphones can handle AR just fine thanks to their advanced computing power and cameras on both the front and back.
The new AR platform started by Facebook lets developers create 3D objects which then interact with live video feeds, superimposing the created objects upon the real world. Though Facebook is encouraging the making of games, for many the first thing they think of when seeing the new tech, it also has an urban art project on the slate as well as a host of other nifty applications.
The possibilities for AR are only limited by a developer’s imagination and there are plenty of ways in which the real world can be manipulated using this technology. Facebook isn’t the only corporation getting in on these new developments, but it’s definitely the one investing the most into it. The new AR Studio is bound to bring forth some exciting new applications and it will be very interesting to see what creative devs can come up with.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.