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15 April 2018, 03:28 | Dale Webster
Facebook Stories adds funky AR drawing and Instagram’s Boomerang
A new feature should be ready in a few weeks. Whatever you draw also stays static and does not disappear even if you move the camera away.
Add 3D drawings will be possible before or during video recording. It will not work, for example, in low light conditions and if the software is unsure of the object.
Facebook has also confirmed the fact that the Boomerang will be replacing the looping GIF creation in the Facebook camera; the Boomerang feature, however, is already available on Instagram.
"We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them" says John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager about the feature it calls "3D drawing". Facebook had its own version previously, which had the same effect as Boomerang, except it had some bugs.
The social media giant plans to boost AR with a new drawing option among others on Facebook Camera.
For the uninformed, Boomerang is a feature that loops videos back and forwards (hence the name) and have proven very popular with users of Instagram.
"Unlike Instagram's Snapchat clone, which has more users than Snapchat itself, Facebook's hasn't been as successful". The social media company is now testing different ways to encourage more people into its Stories.
"Facebook tells me technology understands the corners and objects in the room to create a 3D spec. Facebook could use that to detect surfaces like walls and tables to wrap the drawing onto them".
"The way people share and connect is changing; it's quickly becoming more real-time and visual". This also means that flash photography is not supported by the new feature, on account of it harshly affecting the lighting captured in the image.
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