Facebook from their recent developer's event has made it clear that AI (Artifical Intelligence), VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) are in their top preferred list. Some projects look very similar to Google's plan on future tech. The one thing that is very clear now is the future will be ruled by the virtual screen with Facebook having great plans on AR and VR.
This is very much in beta but the progress shows that this is soon going to be a usable reality. With this, a human can just type and control the gesture with the help of their brain. The demo looks promising and future improvements can make the typing way faster than we imagine.
At this point, a user can type around 8wpm (words per minute), but the goal of Facebook is to take that to 100wpm, which is way better than the current average typing speed on mobile devices.
Facebook introduced two new variants of the 360-degree cameras, an update of the 360 cameras introduced last year.
Facebook focuses more on 360 videos and assumes it as the future of television. The 360-degree looks far more real and the user experience is top-notch. The 360-degree render will support the motion sensor, so the user on leaning their head around can experience the view without even touching anything.
Virtual reality is not a new thing anymore, especially when compared with Augmented Reality (AR). AR focuses on enhancing and making the real user experience with the surroundings available. AR is future of tech, and many companies are researching and developing AR.
Facebook plan with AR is a little different, especially for the starters. Facebook as of now is focusing more on camera part of AR with features like smart scanning the object and triggering the moments.
Messenger bot is actually a smart chat assistant that now can be added to the group conversations.
Messenger bot was originally introduced last year, but due to inadequate AI, it was not helping to make the conversation easy. As Messenger is now one of the biggest property of Facebook, they are looking to implement huge changes by making it more friendly. Also with Google Allo doing great with smart Google Assistant, Facebook has a difficult task to keep the AI game one up.
Facebook now has added bot discovery option in chat screen, with which the user can check the bot functionality before clicking on it. It is somewhat similar to Google Assistant we have seen in Allo, which shows the suggestion according to the users need.
Smart Replies is another function that is implemented in Messenger which is again very much similar to what we have seen in Google Allo, the bot reads the user habit of replying and then shows the pop-up of suggestions that are most significant.
With new updates being implemented in Messenger, Facebook has also introduced smart QR Codes, which actually will be integrated with bots. For example, a QR code poster in a game with food ordering service will redirect the user to a menu for a quick order.
Though the QR codes aren't any new but its implementation in Messenger will help them to connect the physical world with the virtual technology, and in the end, Facebook may look to provide marketing services.
As already known Facebook & Google are investing on VR and AR; it is important for them to make it more friendly not only for customers but for the developer community as well.
Litho is Facebook's Android Framework to develop Android apps. Facebook is open sourcing it. Once the Framework gets open, it will allow the developers to create their app on it, which in a way will help Facebook to make Litho more powerful with making their own app more responsive side by side.
Facebook has open sourced its Caffe2 AI (Artificial Intelligence) framework to invite developers to use and implement it on their projects. Open-sourcing Caffe2 will also allow Facebook to gain developers data in order to make Caffe more efficient and accurate.
Facebook Spaces is another VR-based entertainment platform where three users can connect together on VR headset. Spaces at this time offer clicking selfies, draw around, watching 360 videos, making calls. And the Spaces functionality at this time is only available on Oculus Rift VR, Oculus Touch, but more VR headset will be added soon.