Facebook, the social media giant, is fast turning itself into a premier technology company and this is quite evident from the way Mark Zuckerberg showed the slice of the future in the Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference. And he seemed to be least perturbed whether it comes through organic or inorganic ways. That’s why it acquired VR headset maker company Oculus Rift in $2 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg clearly believes that the future of Facebook lies in virtual reality and he is making every effort to capture the coming consumer market before it actually arrives on the scene.
That’s why it wants to create a range of augmented reality and virtual reality products and content to capture the most lucrative slice of the market.
The future of Facebook lies in virtual reality
Company is about to deliver its first VR product Oculus Rift VR headset, though its facing difficulties in shipping. Apart from that, it has shown a concept of 3D surround 360 degree camera that can be used in the filming of virtual reality scenes and it will be used as a professional grade system.
“The system includes stitching technology that seamlessly marries the video from 17 cameras, vastly reducing post-production effort and time,” Facebook explained in a statement.
The camera more looks like a flying saucer. It will be an open source project. It’s to be noted that Facebook has to announce this to compete in the race with Sony, Samsung and Nokia who have already showed their attention to launch 360-degree VR cameras. It will come in $30000 as told by Facebook.
Augmented reality is the another big idea
Facebook understands that Microsoft has already taken an early lead in the augmented reality sphere when it was busy building the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. Now it wants to bridge this gap in its own way.
“Eventually, we’re going to have normal-looking glasses than can do both virtual and augmented reality,” said Zuckerberg as he displayed what looked like a regular pair of eyeglasses.
So what is the idea of Facebook about the augmented reality technology? Let’s know it from Zuckerberg itself:
“AR gives you the ability to see the world, but also overlay digital objects on top. Today, if I want to show my friends a photo, I pull out my phone and have a small version of the photo. In the future, you’ll be able to snap your fingers and pull out a photo and make it as big as you want and with your AR glasses, you’ll be able to show it to people and they will be able to see it.”
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Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has spelled out three main pillars of Facebook’s future: Connectivity, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. It has already made a Gear VR headset with Samsung and Oculus Rift. Now the company is trying to fill the other part of the great tech story—which is AR.
“Over the next ten years, the form factor is just going to keep getting smaller and smaller,” he said. That will coincide with the development of AR tech, he continued. An example: Today, if we want to show Facebook photos to friends, we whip out our tiny phones. In the future, Zuckerberg said, you can simply unfurl a digital screen of unlimited size.
There is immense possibility. Objects like TV can become a $1 app in the app store. It’s what Facebook thinks.
Bots for billions
Bots are another thing on which the social media giant is banking on. Facebook has been dominated by humble human species so we are chatting more from them. Future, however, will be dominated by people chatting with bots. Facebook is trying to have a different kind of bot, and they will be so intelligent that you will actually be able to talk to them.
So you can ask them one day, “do you like my T-shirt?” Initially, the conversation will be more structured but with time these bots will be intelligent.
Will it be a risk?
Your entire personal data will come under one messenger roof so the answer is both yes and no. Messenger chief David Marcus says:
“The reality is when you think about the number of people who are on the Facebook platform, and how well protected their account is compared to general practice around the world, we feel good that we have best-in-class protections that will protect those accounts better than most companies at a smaller scale can.”
Bots are already present on Facebook and you can even book an Uber cab via them. However, what is more exciting is that anyone can be making their own bot. These bots will leave within the messenger app ecosystem.
Top five tussle
Why it is important for Facebook to keep inventing technologically. This is because a majority of users spend 80 percent of their time on just 5 apps. Microsoft is also betting big on bots. Microsoft’s boss Satya Nadella declared recently that “bots are the new apps”.So future seems like more fictional in 2026, but it’s an inevitable technological reality.