In Facebooks future you live through your phone

https://www.wired.com/2017/04/facebooks-future-live-phone/?mbid=social_twitter

TODAY AT FACEBOOK’S F8 developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out the company’s vision for the future. The short version: augmented reality blanketing a digital layer over everything you see and touch. The long version? A potentially thorny tangle of interactions in which your smartphone offers not just access to the world around you, but becomes the main window through which you experience it.

Augmented reality itself no longer feels like a great unknown, thanks (really!) to Pokémon Go’s glorious few weeks as mid-summer obsession. Facebook’s ambitions outstrip spurts of Snorlax-hunting, though. The company imagines a world in which AR doesn’t just enhance experiences, it defines them.

The result appears to be a world of technological marvels that both add to your immediate environment and put you at a remove from it. It also raises a question: Does filtering the world through your smartphone work to augment reality, or supplant it?

Facebook’s augmented reality dreams have a name. In fact, they have a whole platform: Camera Effects, tools available to developers that work with the camera function across all of Facebook’s apps.

“We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform,” said Zuckerberg at the F8 conference.

The possibilities Facebook teased Tuesday have limits defined only by one’s imagination: A bowl of cereal surrounded by tiny, leaping, animated sharks. Artwork splayed on walls that, in base reality (reality prime?) are blank. Leaving a virtual note for a friend next to a menu at a local restaurant so that you can recommend the corn fritters.

On the giant display that backstopped Zuckerberg’s presentation, these interactions all seemed vibrant, and innovative, and downright cool, a special-effects version of everyday life. What the demo neglected to include, though, was a pair of hands, holding up a 4.7-inch display, swiping away notifications so that you can just watch the dang breakfast sharks. Pulling off convincing augmented reality on smartphones takes remarkable know-how. It’s also potentially a pain.

First, the more mundane but very real hardware issues that inevitably spring from having billions of users with all manner of devices.

“There are a couple of issues,” says Alan Craig, a human-computer interaction expert at the University of Illinois’ Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. “One is that phones are small, in terms of computational power, memory, things like that.” Facebook has also chosen not to offload those computations to far-flung servers, because the potential latency can disrupt the effect. That also, though, puts a lot of demands on hardware that’s not necessarily up for it.

Consider, too, that not all smartphones are manufactured equal, especially where it counts most. “It is known that wide ranges of mobile-phone-quality cameras are much less accurate in estimating the 3-D geometry of the real world,” says Allen Yang, who heads up UC Berkeley’s Center for Augmented Cognition. “If AR is to be used in more demanding applications … low-quality cameras to support AR might run into problems.”

For the near-term, that may not prove much of an impediment. Facebook’s immediate focus appears to be on small-scale effects; think more ambitious Snapchat filters. As its augmented reality vision scales up, though, it threatens to leave a chunk of users behind, or with stuttery experiences.

That’s also secondary, though, to what may be the bigger long-term Facebook AR ask—that we absorb a new version of the world through handheld OLED displays.

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something to look forward to?

“The short version: augmented reality blanketing a digital layer over everything you see and touch. The long version? A potentially thorny tangle of interactions in which your smartphone offers not just access to the world around you, but becomes the main window through which you experience it.”

no thanks..

401

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~ by seeker401 on April 27, 2017.

4 Responses to “In Facebooks future you live through your phone”

  1. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  2. from 2014

  3. will 4Chan fall into the hands of one of them biggies?

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