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AR and VR take center stage with developers

by Stephanie Chan

AR and VR take center stage with developers

Facebook conference F8 showcases the newest developments in AR and VR. See how Cisco predicts the future of these industries.

DevNet Create is Cisco's first big developers conference, happening May 23rd and 24th of this year in San Francisco. Cisco's DevNet community is where developers can take tracks on anything from collaboration to security, and the groups' inaugural conference allows attendees to mesh applications with infrastructure.

Facebook held its own developers conference this week in San Jose called F8. The social media company unveiled the big themes that Facebook is currently working on, including augmented reality, social virtual reality, and bots.

Recode reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg states their new augmented reality initiative will include face-distorting filters (think Snapchat), AR glasses, and a space where developers can create on top of the augmented reality platform.

Facebook's new social VR product is called Spaces, a digital world where users can wear a headset, create an avatar, and meet up with other players through virtual reality.

Cisco's latest Mobile Visual Networking Index included forecasting about VR and AR for the first time ever—measuring analysis for the years 2016 to 2021. The Index states that virtual reality traffic will grow from 13.3 Petabytes per month in 2016 to 140 Petabytes per month in 2021. Similarly, augmented reality will increase 7-fold between 2016 and 2021, clearly showing that our future will be comprised of much more AR and VR.

Rowan Trollope, SVP& GM of IoT and Applications says Cisco is "…right on the cusp of massive change that will be fueled by machine intelligence and virtual reality. Our goal is to get amazing technology into everyone's hands."

Some of that technology includes Cisco Spark Depot, an extension of the collaborative tool Cisco Spark, where developers can also browse from a catalogue of new integrations and bots.

It's programs like these that encourage developers to create on top of Cisco platforms, the very ones present at May's DevNet Create conference. From bots to virtual reality and collaboration tools, look forward to the new innovations coming out of this Internet of Things event.