Facebook has acquired Fayteq, a small German startup behind software that can add or remove objects from videos. Facebook's move into becoming an AR platform was made more interesting when Apple revealed plans to actually do much the same thing at a system level throughout iOS with ARKit, which makes it astonishingly simple for developers to add virtual objects to scenes. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the deal when contacted by Variety, but declined to comment further.
Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported.
The company offers "innovative technologies in the area of off-line and real-time video manipulation, removing the border between reality and fiction", described Siegfried Vater, an investor and partner of Fayteq, according to TechEu.
Fayteq is Facebook's third confirmed acquisition in recent weeks.
Of course, being able to add objects to live video and remove them or cover them over on the fly is also something that can be put to interesting use in the emerging field of augmented reality.