Facebook continues AR push with tracking, audio and location tools

Facebook debuts Messenger AR and translation tools for businesses

Nike is using it to give customers a sneak peek at new sneakers, and Sephora will use it to let customers "try on" make up.

When communicating with one of these companies on Facebook Messenger, users can prompt the company - by typing "try on looks" for example - to open up the camera to use the feature. The new AR feature will help Facebook meet its goal of making Messenger more visual.

Messenger is trying to attract businesses in other ways, such as automated chat "bots" that can reply to customer inquiries.

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What's the point? David Marcus, vice president of Messenger, said in a blog post that with many products, people need to "visualize a product... without ever having to set foot in a store" - though he doesn't mention a little company up in Seattle that has done pretty well selling stuff online without AR or a messaging app. There are now more than 300,000 active bots on the platform, and 200,000 developers building on it, Facebook said Tuesday. Facebook rolled out M in Messenger with limited functionality a year ago. Facebook says M's translating powers will roll out first to conversations that originate in Marketplace, and only to English and Spanish speakers in the U.S.

Facebook Messenger announced that starting today, its intelligent assistant M will be able to interpret words in bilingual conversations.

The feature is launching in closed beta, and Facebook announced a handful of major brands using it: ASUS, Kia, Nike and Sephora. Heck, if you picked up a stick and tossed it somewhere in the general vicinity, the object it landed on would probably be a Facebook Messenger feature, which is why Facebook is streamlining and redesigning its product to focus on one thing - Messaging. Messenger is gaining momentum at scale as we continue to invest in new platform features and improve existing ones thanks to the feedback from our community. It also includes semantic scene understanding to create experiences that are contextually aware, such as adding heat waves to the top of a real-world coffee cup. Creators can now more easily import existing 3D assets into their AR experiences, and Facebook Pages that publish AR apps will soon get to track their use with analytics.

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