Facebook wants to augment your reality

The F8 2017 is finally here.

Attendees arrive at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. And in order to create better tools, first we need an open platform where any developer in the world can build for augmented reality without having to first build their own camera and get a lot of people to use it.

Watch over TIME's stream via YouTube from the conference in McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The Facebook founder said the company's next steps would be to bring the digital and physical together and to "work on building common ground". There is much more than just Augmented Reality.

Imagining this isn't too hard as Pokemon Go has showed the world what AR actually looks and feels like.

Zuckerberg spoke about transforming blank walls into street art and how AR could be used to leave notes for friends in specific places, such as marking a table at your favorite bar or leaving a note for your spouse on the refrigerator. Facebook's new AR platform will make its first appearance in a closed beta version. He also said that he isn't anxious about people's perception of Facebook being a copycat.

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Facebook made a huge bet on virtual reality (VR) with its purchase of Oculus Rift for $2 billion in 2014, but both Oculus and VR technology, on the whole, have run into some headwinds since then. So Messenger is launching a discovery tab and new QR codes that directly put users in conversation with a bot. "QR codes are big in messaging apps in Asia but haven't caught on here in the United States, including when Messenger has tried them before".

Technology gurus hold many different opinions about the true potentials of virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR). You will be able to drop songs into a group chat. In this fake world you ca play games, share photos, take a selfie, or do a video call with someone in the "real" world. The Discover tab can be accessed from the home screen.

Here, Messenger will offer categories, recently used bots, trending bots, and a search field. Facebook is also trying to revive the QR codes. And behind the scenes, the company has been working on more advanced AR, capable of recognizing individual objects in videos, blending the real world with animated objects, and creating 3D scenes from 2D photos.

Separately, the Facebook CEO also introduced what he says is the "second act" in Facebook's camera strategy.

Full disclosure: ABC News is on Messenger! According to David Marcus, head of Messenger, Apple Music is going to be one of their first partners. Plus, Facebook is integrating Apple Music and Spotify into the platform. Zuckerberg has promised to reveal more details of this soon.

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