Facebook F8: New Surround 360 Camera and Other Big Announcements Of the Day 2

Jan 31, 2018 AT 20:57 PM | BY LifeBanter


Facebook is running its annual developer conference F8 2017 second day Wednesday. Day 1 was all about augmented reality, Facebook Spaces VR, Places, Graphics and improvements to Messenger, Day 2 on to see others advertisements of the company in the field of AR, virtual reality, 360 videos and more.

We look at some of the biggest announcements from F8 2017 Day 2 and what you can expect to see in the near future.

New Surround 360 camera

Facebook made a few announcements related to the 360 degrees videos. In addition to the promotion of 360-degree videos on its social media platform, Facebook is also actively trying to create a standalone application of a 360-degree video camera. Last year at the conference F8, Facebook unveiled its first Surround 360 camera that has a project ” open source for developers to create their own version.

The second-gen Surround, the 360 looks more spherical than the ship as the previous model. The new Surround 360 is available in two different sizes. The great, called the x24, has 24 cameras arranged around the sphere, while the smaller model, x6, contains 6 cameras. Outside of the set of the modification of the design, the cameras now support 8K captures with six degrees of freedom (6DOF)

360 Capture SDK

In the framework of the 360 Capture SDK, Facebook has also announced a new developer tool that makes it easier to record and share experiences in VR, which uses cube mapping to retain a high image quality. This, the company says, is much more effective than the sewing method that requires the time to edit and put together. In particular, this method is committed to maintaining the same quality as the original 360 ° or VR experience.

With the new SDK, VR experiments can be instantly absorbed in the form of 360 photos and videos and upload on the News feed or VR headset.

360 Degrees Of Prediction

In January 2016, Facebook has introduced dynamic streaming, a 360-degree vision of the streaming technology that uses the geometry of mapping techniques flow near 6K 360 video on mobile devices. Dynamic streaming can send the largest number of pixels in a particular field-of-view.

In order to obtain the highest quality in a 360-degree video, Facebook has developed three technologies. The severity of view-prediction model uses the physical and heat maps to better plan to provide the highest concentration of pixels. It also improves the resolution on VR devices up to 39 percent. An IA model can capture a glimpse of the most interesting parts of the video as the media prediction for the diffusion of VR and non-VR devices. Finally, a new technique, called content-dependent streaming improves the resolution on the non-VR devices such as your smartphone up to 51 per cent.

Giphy for all

Facebook on the 1st Day of the conference, F8, has announced a suite of development tools for Facebook the Camera will provide users with options such as photo frames, interactive effects, and masks with the help of augmented reality technology. To add to their AR efforts, and to continue to compete with Snapchat, the company has also announced that Giphy will be widely available in Facebook Live, Camera, and Messenger for iOS and Android.

Giphy support for Facebook Live will allow you to access a vast treasure of animated images and add it to a live stream. In addition, the company also made this interactive by allowing the diffuser to tap on hashtags in the live comments and she appears on the video.

Type with your mind, listen with your skin

Facebook ceo Mark Zuckerberg on Day 2 announced a team called Building 8, which is to try to work on some pretty radical new ideas. One of them is to type with the mind, while the other means to hear with the skin. The social media giant wants is to research to the creation of “silent speech interfaces based on sensors in order to type 100 words per minute directly from your brain. Such a technology will allow you to send messages by thought, instead of typing.

The Building 8 of the team wants to let people “hear” through their skin, although this technology is still a few years to be fully realized. The team says that it is theoretically possible to “feel” the vibration of the words through the skin. Facebook executive and former DARPA director Regina Dugan said that the company has developed a basic system that could allow you to feel the vibrations that correspond to words, but still still be years before this technology works as envisioned.


Mark Zuckerberg has long insisted on the company’s goal to reach everyone. Facebook, as the largest social media platform today, has launched tools such as the control of Security in the past to allow users to connect and inform in times of natural disasters. In an effort to provide support during emergency situations, Facebook has announced that it is the development of the small helicopters that can provide Internet access in areas that do not have a cellular infrastructure or have been damaged. The helicopter, which ‘s Home-tenna,’ hang on a fibre line and to draw power, and will then be able to broadcast a signal over hundreds of metres in the air.

Not only is the Fastener-tenna was developed to assist in emergency situations, but is also testing to stay in the air for a long period of time in order to provide perpetual access to the Internet in areas that don’t.

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