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Facebook Stories adds funky AR drawing and Instagram's Boomerang

Facebook Stories adds funky AR drawing and Instagram's Boomerang

Facebook's AR drawing tool allows users to create 3D drawings that will hold their place in the room, regardless of where the camera moves.

In the coming weeks, users will be able to draw on pictures they are taking through its camera, a feature that is being called, "3D drawing". This is not the first time that Facebook is experimenting with AR.

"We're seeing that people enjoy drawing on top of the photos they take; 3D drawing is a new feature that uses augmented reality to let people actually draw in their world". Facebook has warned though that the feature isn't ideal yet, and the quality of the AR experience will depend on the lighting while capturing images as well as how well the contours of the subject are captured.

Facebook has been working on pushing into the AR sector for a while now.

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Previously, the company revealed its AR effects back at F8 previous year. The platform also rolled out support for industry standard glTF 2.0 in February this year, allowing developers to create richer and higher-quality 3D content for the platform.

It's fun intended. The user can add a doodle that is not in the frame and adjust the camera position to see if the markings are in place. Facebook is on a mission to make Stories more exciting and therefore, the new addition is seen as an effort to overcome criticism that Stories are "a rip-off of Snapchat and redundant Instagram Stories".

Instagram and Snapchat offer ways to draw on top of videos, but not like this.

Facebook has been pushing its Stories tool aggressively, despite a muted response from users. To add to it, there are more features being added by the social media giant, which is in a tough competition to be the next Augmented Reality biggie in the tech world.


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