Facebook is making your social media feed more lively by rolling out 3D photos for the mobile app. It’s a cool new feature that uses AI to add depth to a picture and lets you “move your head” within the photo to see around in different directions. Facebook already announced 3D photos back in May at the F8 event, but it will now be available to use on your iPhone.
It works with iPhones’ portrait mode to find depth in a photo and to separate the foreground from the background.
As you might have guessed, it’ll only work on recent iPhones that have a portrait mode such as iPhone 7+, 8+, X, and XS. Facebook says that it’ll unroll this feature for more phones later on.
3D photos use dual cameras to add depth to a photo, by separating the background. It then uses AI to figure out how much farther or closer items within a photo should be. The way AI perceives things in such a photo is shown below:
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, said that he wants more and more people to use VR. However, VR headsets are still relatively rare and the company decided to add VR-like features, that don’t rely on a headset, to provide similar experiences to its users.
As mentioned earlier, this update will roll out in a few days for iPhone users. It’s yet to be confirmed whether Android phones will support this feature or not.