Facebook Developer Conference: Improving on Reality
Last week, we reported about Facebook's efforts to develop a system to permit people to type "directly with their brains." Such technology could help hundreds of millions of people who cannot read or write get their thoughts in print. It could also make communication easier for people with limited movement ability.
The possibility is interesting. But it is far from the only plan announced last week at the Facebook's developers' conference, or F8.
Facebook officials also offered similarly wild ideas. How about technology that permits you to hear with your skin instead of your ears, for example. Or maybe you would be more into a system that lets you playing games and visiting your friends in augmented and virtual reality.
Facebook says it plans to make these activities a reality within the next 10 years.
Or not. Not every Facebook venture is a success. You do not see many Facebook phone users, for example.
Hearing with your skin
Some day we may tell our grandchildren that we used to hear through our ears. That is because Facebook might make it possible for use to hear through our skin.
This technology could help people with limited or no hearing ability.
Facebook hopes to have your skin hear the same way your ears hear. The company says one test subject was able to hear nine words through her skin.
Facebook augmented reality
Facebook wants to improve your reality by adding to it through the use of special glasses. The glasses are designed to show users things that are not physically present.
You could be sitting in your living room, looking at an empty table, then put on Facebook glasses and see a chess set on that table. You and a friend could play chess on that set using Facebook glasses, as if you were sitting across the table from each other.
You could also control what your friends are seeing when you live stream video to them on Facebook Live. Add an image of a cup of coffee to your table. Make it steaming hot. Then, add a second cup so you do not look as if you are alone.
Facebook says you will be able to add frames, sports equipment, drawings and more to your videos and photos. It says you could even create your own frames to share.
Facebook Spaces - Virtual Reality
Facebook Spaces is a new virtual reality tool designed to let users hang out with their friends around the world, as if they are together in the same place.
Spaces will use avatars people create from a photo of themselves on Facebook. These avatars will appear in Spaces so you can hang out with kind of a cartoon version of your friends.
You view Spaces through a virtual reality viewer and can invite others via Facebook Messenger. Spaces lets you visit with your friends in virtual places around the world.
A video shows how Spaces lets friends get together in virtual worlds.
I'm Caty Weaver.
1.virtual reality 虚拟现实
One day virtual reality will revolutionize the entertainment industry.
2.hang out 挂出；闲逛
I often used to hang out in supermarkets
3.sports equipment 运动器材
Our product line includes camping, boating, and sports equipment.
4.adding to 添加
Music rang out adding to the gaiety and life of the market.
1.Such technology could help hundreds of millions of people who cannot read or write get their thoughts in print.
hundreds of millions of 成千上万的
The floods made hundreds of millions of people lose their homes, relatives and friends.
For years, hundreds of millions of Chinese have purchased new smartphones.
2.That is because Facebook might make it possible for use to hear through our skin.
make it possible for 使...成为可能
These brave Americans make it possible for America to endure as a free society.
Today's clever financial instruments make it possible for firms to hedge their risks.
上周，我们报道了Facebook正在研发一套系统，能够让用户直接“用大脑”打字 。该技术能够让数百万有听写障碍的用户呈现出他们的想法 。它还可以让那些行动不便的人交流起来更方便 。
这种可能性十分有趣 。但这并不是上周Facebook开发者大会（F8）上公布的唯一计划 。
Facebook的研发人员还提出一些大胆的设想 。用皮肤代替耳朵听声音的技术如何 。或者，研发一套系统，用户可以邀请好友在增强和虚拟现实里玩游戏 。
又或者夭折 。毕竟，并不是Facebook的所有尝试都能成功 。比如说，你看到谁在用Facebook手机？
也许未来某一天我们可以告诉后代，我们曾经是用耳朵听声音的 。因为Facebook可能会实现通过皮肤听声音的技术 。
Facebook希望可以让皮肤听到的声音与耳朵一样 。Facebook表示，一位受试者能够通过自己的皮肤听到9个单词 。
Facebook希望利用特殊眼镜来增强现实 。眼镜的作用是向用户展示虚拟物品 。
假设你坐在客厅里，面前有一张空荡荡的桌子，戴上Facebook眼镜后就可以看到桌子上出现了一副棋牌 。你可以和朋友通过Facebook眼镜下棋，仿佛你们就坐在桌子对面 。
当你在Facebook Live上与朋友视频时，你可以控制他（她）观看的内容 。在桌子上添加一杯咖啡的图像 。让咖啡看起来热气腾腾 。然后，给自己也来一杯，让你看起来不孤单 。
Facebook介绍称，用户可以在视频和照片中添加相框，运动器材，图纸等东西 。你还可以分享自己创建的图形 。
Facebook Spaces是一款新式的虚拟现实工具，目的是为了让用户与全球的朋友互动，仿佛他们置身同一处 。
Spaces将Facebook上用户的照片转为替身 。这些替身会出现在Spaces中，这样你就可以与卡通式的朋友一起出去玩了 。
你可以通过虚拟现实查看器查看Spaces，或在Facebook Messenger邀请别人 。Spaces可以让你与朋友一起探访世界各地的虚拟场所 。