Tuesday April 18, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Sees Augmented Reality Ecosystem in Facebook

Ask the Facebook CEO what the next big thing is, and he will tell you "augmented reality." Zuckerberg has reportedly spent the last 18 months working on a new interface for Facebook, Instagram, and other company apps focused entirely on the camera, which likely means less text and more photos or videos. Sure, let’s compel everyone to record everythingآ—meanwhile, the company has no idea how to control murder documentaries being shared. Thanks to Kyle for this one.

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آ…he envisioned a world in which people can eventually point smartphone cameras at a bowl of cereal and have an app create tiny sharks swimming in the bowl of milk. Friends can leave virtual notes for one another on the walls outside their favorite restaurants, noting which menu item is the most delicious. Apps like Pokأ©mon Go, the breakout augmented reality hit that went viral globally last year, are just the beginning for Mr. Zuckerberg. One day, he mused, household objects could perhaps be replaced entirely by software. "Think about how many of the things around us don’t actually need to be physical," Mr. Zuckerberg said in an interview last week. "Instead of a $500 TV sitting in front of us, what’s to keep us from one day having it be a $1 app?"