California, U.S., (Reuters): Chief Executive of Facebook Inc, Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday that Facebook is trying to seize on the technology known as augmented reality , a mix of the real and digital world’s best known from the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go.
Zuckerberg said while Speaking at F8, the company's annual conference for software developers, Facebook was an obvious hub for businesses to reach people and experiment with augmented reality , although he did not suggest the company was planning to make similar games itself.
Pokemon Go, jointly developed by Nintendo Co and Niantic Inc, has generated masses of followers around the world as players use their phones to capture animated characters that appear in real locations.
Zuckerberg said that a recent push by Facebook to add camera features to its suite of smartphone apps will help the company popularize similar features.
For a company that began as a way for college students to see pictures of each other, Facebook's move toward augmented reality represents another step in its long evolution. It also raises the stakes for its competition with rival Snap Inc, the maker of Snapchat that describes itself as a camera company.
Zuckerberg also said that people could use the technology to leave a virtual note for a friend at a bar, or to find virtual street art on a wall that in real life is blank.
"This isn't just about finding a Pokemon in a one-block radius," he said.
In 2014, Facebook acquired its Oculus virtual reality goggles unit for $2 billion, although that division is a long way from making a mass-market product or contributing significantly to the company's earnings.
As part of his conference address, Zuckerberg addressed shortcomings on another major project, Facebook's push into video. He said the service needed to do more to prevent the spread of violent videos, such as one on Sunday of a fatal shooting in Cleveland that was visible on the site for two hours.