Facebook wants to make your video calling a little more fun. The platform has announced the imminent arrival of augmented reality effects for its video calls in Messenger as well as Messenger Rooms. These effects, similar to those already present on many other platforms, including Snapchat, can be applied to each participant in a group video call simultaneously.
To accelerate development of this new function, Facebook has indicated that it will allow developers and creators to access its new Spark AR Multipeer API by the end of October to accelerate the creation of new effects in Augmented Reality. .
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With a library of nearly 70 AR group effects to date, Facebook hopes to bring video calls to life by making them more interactive. In turn some effects will be applied to each participant’s screen, while others will allow you to play in augmented reality.
To take advantage of this, you have to explicitly initiate a video call or create a room in the messaging application and press a button with a smiley face to deploy the AR effects library. These effects are available in Messenger today, and will be implemented on Instagram shortly after.
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