Back in October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave us a live Oculus Rift demo. His avatar was able to travel, play games and interact with other avatars in virtual reality.
And now you can use this new technology, too. At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, Zuckerberg revealed Facebook Spaces, a new virtual reality app. It’s currently in beta, but you can download it for free and purchase the VR headset. Watch the video below to see how it works:
This isn’t the only major change coming to Facebook. Have you noticed Facebook’s new camera that’s very similar to Snapchat? On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said this feature was act one. Act two is “giving developers the power to build all kinds of AR tools into the first augmented reality platform, the camera.” Developers can use Frames Studio and AR Studio to create their own designs for the Facebook camera.
There also will be some changes to Messenger. You can now order food through delivery by chatting with M, Messenger’s digital assistant. There will be some new shortcuts that allow businesses and page admins to answer questions more easily, as well.
The most drastic change is still to come. Zuckerberg said that they are developing a “mind computer interface,” or a computer that can read minds. He didn’t give too many details, but job titles for the Building 8 department of Facebook include Brain-Computer Interface Engineer and Neural Imaging Engineer.
During his conference speech, Zuckerberg talked about the man whose murder was recently posted to Facebook. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin, Sr. We have a lot of work to do and we’ll do everything we can to help prevent these tragedies.” Make sure you don’t fall for any fundraising scams that claim to support Godwin’s family.