Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 12, 2017

Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported.

Facebook has acquired Fayteq, a small German startup behind software that can add or remove objects from videos. The startup is Germany-based, with its LinkedIn page suggesting that it has between 11-50 employees, and a statement on Fayteq's website claiming that its "products and services are not available for purchase". A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the deal when contacted by Variety, but declined to comment further. Object tracking in live video is also something the company has been working on as part of its augmented reality efforts, which is why it may be interested in Fayteq's patents and other intellectual property as well. Facebook launched an AR platform for its built-in camera feature in April at this year's F8, with the aim of encouraging developers to build AR experiences for use in Facebook on smartphones, which Mark Zuckerberg has said will be "the first augmented reality platform that becomes mainstream".

Facebook confirmed the acquisition, but had no additional info to share regarding their plans for the company.

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