Today is the second day of F8 2017, the annual event Facebook holds to gather developers to explore the future of technology. This year, more than 4,000 people attended the conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. F8 2017 is also available via Facebook Live for those who couldn’t attend the conference.
The keynote of the conference announced by Mark Zuckerberg is camera as the first mainstream augmented reality platform. Nowadays, people use cameras not only to make photos and videos, but to write text on images, add digital objects or modify existing things with face filters and style transfers.
No wonder that the Camera Effects Platform was announced to allow developers creating AR tools for the camera and bringing people together in new ways.
Camera Effects Platform
Facebook included two products in the platform – Frames Studio and AR Studio. Working with Frames Studio, an online creative editor, people can design frames that can be used either as profile picture frames or in the new Facebook camera. AR Studio that is now available for beta applications allows creating masks, scripted effects, animated frames and other AR technologies that react to movement, the environment or interactions during Live videos.
Facebook has introduced a new VR app to hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room. You can create whatever you want, view Facebook content with friends in VR, including 360 videos and photos that can transport you to new places, or phone friends in the real world with Messenger video calling to bring more people into your VR space. Using selfie stick, you can take photos of your experience and share them on Facebook.
The app called Facebook Spaces is launching in beta for Oculus Rift today.
Facebook has created a new interesting program that will allow developers all over the world to connect and collaborate with other local developers. Developer Circle is managed by members of the local community and is available for any developer. Facebook has created Developer Circles as a place where developers can share knowledge, collaborate, swap new ideas and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders.
Places Graph includes data on more than 140 million places around the world ranging from public spaces and parks, to restaurants, stores and other local businesses. The data includes place names, addresses, photos, Facebook consumer ratings and more.
Facebook Analytics, a new version of Facebook Analytics for Apps, is a product for accessing rich audience demographics and measurement of customer behavior across channels. Facebook has increased its functionality to optimize customer journey across the channels they use to interact with customers, such as app and website. The new Automated Insights tool utilizes advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence to make such valuable insights as changes in purchases for a new version of your app, or variations in engagement across people in different cities, available for people.
Since the launch last year, the Messenger Platform can boast of 1.2 billion people, 100,000 developers, 100,000 monthly active bots, and 2 billion messages sent monthly between people and businesses on Messenger.
Facebook has added some new features to the Messenger including new Discover tab, Chat Extensions, New rich gameplay, Smart Replies, and Hand-over Protocol.
Keynote speakers at F8 2017 include Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer; Connectivity Program Director Yael Maguire; Applied Machine Learning Director Joaquin Quiñonero Candela; Oculus VR Chief Scientist Michael Abrash; and Building 8 Vice President Regina Dugan.