Every year Facebook holds a developer conference called “F8” to discuss its future plans and what developers can expect moving forward. F8 just happened this week and it covered some cool new ideas!
Facebook’s focus at F8 was all about Augmented Reality (AR)! It set a goal to “change every smartphone into an AR experience.” The company is working on making real world interactions more interesting by enhancing them with smartphones. Think Pokémon Go type images, but now with more than just Pokémon! The examples discussed at F8 were pretty cool!
Facebook’s timing in announcing its plans for AR is interesting, as Snapchat just released a new feature called “World Lenses.” The new Snapchat feature incorporates AR into Snap Stories, like being able to place flowers and bubble letters around you. These two companies are really forging the path to make AR mainstream!
I can’t wait to see what cool new games and app ideas come out of all of this work with augmented reality! What exciting applications or ideas have you heard?