At the F8 Developer Conference Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company is working on an Augmented Reality Headset in addition to the existing Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headsets.
Mark confirmed that the company focuses more on the software side of things which seems to be true as the early development of these platforms, the hardware and software are pretty hard to untangle. He also said that Augmented Reality will be a big part of Facebook in the coming years.
The CEO says that since they do not have the science and technology today to build AR glasses there may be a possibility in the next five or seven years and we will be going through the VR path before getting to the AR glasses.
The “Camera Effects Platform” will let developers build AR features and lenses for the Facebook in app camera and facebook is making the tools available freely. Zuckerberg added that A key part of the journey is to make an open platform where any developer can create anything they want.