At the Facebook F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg introduced a Camera Effects Platform which “will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences…” according to TechCrunch. The first effects are now available within the Camera Effects feature on smartphones. Eventually, however, it is meant to be used with augmented reality hardware.
Zuckerberg told TechCrunch: “[B]uilding an open platform I think is going to be one of the big advances that pushes this forward . . . all developers can work on [the open platform] so that way you don’t just have 10 or 20 effects but you have thousands.” This is how Facebook hopes to differentiate itself from Snapchat and other platforms already using these kinds of AR tools.