April 25, 2017

What you need to know about Facebook Developer Conference: F8

Just last week, software developers and tech enthusiasts flocked the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California for the two-day symposium hosted by Facebook, the world’s largest social media network. From April 18 to 19, attendees listened to various leaders in the industry and rubbed elbows with other developers who want to be part of Facebook’s vision for the future, which Mark Zuckerberg laid out during his keynote speech.

If you weren’t able to fly to California to attend the event or just plainly curious as to what happened during the conference, fret not. Below are the highlights of F8 2017.

Facebook and the future

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and renowned visionary, laid down his 10-year road map–a well-thought plan of how he envisions the world in 2026. In it, he foresees worldwide internet access and less-dorky virtual reality headsets. Watch Marck Zuckerberg’s keynote speech here:

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Facebook is now working on technology that turns your brain into a mouse. Not the one that likes cheese and pranks cats, but an actual computer mouse. According to Regina Dugan, head of Facebook’s hardware division (aka Building 8), they hope to develop a working prototype of a brain sensor that can transform “thoughts into text” at a rate of 100 words per minute in the next 18 months.

Virtual Hangouts

Good news for Oculus Rift owners: you can now hang out with your long-distance friends real-time–virtually, that is.

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Facebook recently launched Spaces, a virtual reality application that turns you and up to three of your Oculus Rift-owning peers into avatars which get projected into each other’s screens. Craving for company on a Thursday night? Strap on your headset and drink coffee with a virtual rendition of your best friend.

Augmented Reality: the next big thing


To aid the rise of AR-powered technology, Facebook opened the Camera Effects platform to third-party developers who want to build their own augmented reality effects and applications.


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This works the same way as Snapchat, who is known as the pioneer in utilizing AR for camera effects.

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