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Facebook Likes Augmented Reality | EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Move over, Pokemon Go. Facebook took its first steps toward augmented reality with a new platform focused on smartphone cameras. It also launched at its annual developer conference here Facebook Spaces, its first social networking experience for virtual reality. Inspired by the popular Pokemon Go and Snapchat filters, the Web giant is pivoting toward the far horizon of augmented reality. Its move comes two years after it spent $2 billion on startup Oculus , which launched its VR headset last year. Both initiatives are part of a deepening commitment to machine learning and computer vision as core technologies driving new products and features. “I used to think glasses would be first mainstream product for AR and we’d get the form factor we wanted in 5-10 years,” said Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in an opening keynote. “But we are starting to s...

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