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Former Google Augmented Reality Engineering Lead takes over Facebook's Portal Hardware Team «Next Reality



It seems that Facebook really likes Google's enhanced reality-leading talent, as the social media giant has hired another employee from the AR and VR team at Mountain View to lead the team for a product that brings Facebook's AR platform home . 19659002] On Wednesday, Facebook's Rafa Carmargo (also a former Google product development manager) announced on Twitter that he will take over Facebook's AR and VR hardware, with Ryan Cairns, former senior technical director of AR and VR on Google, with the adoption of the team management team working with the video call product portal.

According to TechCrunch Carmargo took the portal team last month as part of a reorganization of Facebook's Building 8 advanced technology research team. Meanwhile, NR30 member Michael Abrash continues to monitor the Facebook Reality Labs research team.

About this time last year, Facebook hired Cairns Google colleague, Nikhil Chandhok, to take over Facebook's AR camera platform. Chandhok previously monitored Google's mobile AR efforts, from Tango to ARCore, and developed the company's AR strategy for laptops and smartphones.

Now, Carmargo, which led the Building 8 building product ventures, which led to the launch of Portal, is applying its skills to develop VR and AR hardware, which includes smart-class plans.

Facebook now has two previous Google leaders who led ARCore efforts. Image from Google / YouTube

As for Cairn's new portal position, it is worth noting that he has experience growing Google's ChromeOS and Chromebook efforts and delivering headset hardware through the Google Daydream product line.

However, Cairn's recent experience with Google is leading the law of Google's mobile AR efforts, namely ARCore and Lens, which point to the future of portals camera viewing in the user's spaces.

Facebook integrates its Spark AR platform into Portal. Image via Facebook

"We also incorporate enhanced reality (AR) effects – driven by our Spark AR platform – to make even more fun and interactive," announced the company's website under the portal. "Story Time brings stories to life with its own sound effects and visuals. Smart Camera helps you read a fun story through a simple teleprompter, perfectly framed, while your loved ones on the other side look like your face and voice are transformed into the characters of history. "

Cairn has recently shown that he can deliver AR products for publication and iterate quickly, as evidenced by several ARCore releases in 2018, so it is likely that Portal will quickly get new AR features. In addition, Portal serves as a Trojan horse to introduce regular consumers to its overall AR platform in the coming months.

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