Standing in front of a packed arena and whilst being watched by millions around the world, Zuckerberg explained how Facebook is making the camera the first augmented reality platform. During Facebook's F8 conference, the company announced the beta launch of Facebook Spaces, which lets you interact with friends as if they were right next to you.
One of the key benefits of Facebook integration is the way it enables avatar creation in Spaces. You can change your eye color, hairstyle, facial features and more until your look fits your identity.
Another area of VR interest that's been getting more focus in the last couple of years is the idea that people could meet up in the virtual world. Spaces now makes extensive use of the Rift's Touch Controller, but actually requires very little movement - users are mostly standing around at a virtual table, browsing and sharing media while they chat with each other. Whether you want to show off your latest 3D drawing masterpiece, play an awesome 360 video your friend would love, or just spend time chatting, it's one of the best ways to be in the moment together, from anywhere. As mentioned in the beginning, it simply taking the whole social networking experience to the virtual reality level. There is also a virtual selfie-stick which lets you capture selfies of your VR avatars and whatever you are doing in VR so that you can share your experiences with those who were outside the space. Facebook has not said anything about any kind of mobile release just yet, though with Gear VR, Daydream, and even Cardboard all having methods of mimicking the Oculus Touch controllers to a certain extent, it could be possible in the future.
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Spaces also allows users to bring in other Facebook contacts, even those without access to virtual reality, through the ability to video call others via Facebook Messenger. Users will be able to view a Space from their smartphone, and have their video call shown inside the virtual reality environment.
AR has also been used to superimpose cartoonish faces onto one's own face in selfies - something that could become a bit more common now that Facebook has added that functionality to its own platform and encouraged developers to make thousands more options.
The Facebook founder said his company has "a lot of work" to do on this front.