Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash believes that we may soon see the proliferation of augmented reality glasses, describing them as possibly “one of the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.” But he believes AR glasses must be see-through, stylish, and socially acceptable, among other things.
At this year’s F8 developer conference, Facebook revealed the next phase of its push into augmented reality, introducing its camera effects platform in closed beta. This platform lets anyone create their own Snapchat-like masks and display contextual information inside images. It’s powered through Facebook’s camera app, and company chief executive Mark Zuckerberg described it as the “first augmented reality platform.”
While Zuckerberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer touted the benefits of Facebook’s newest platform, Abrash sought to impart wisdom about the potential of AR.