Polarity Technologies Ltd has learned from The Verge that Facebook is rolling out a “3D photo” feature that adds depth to photos in your News Feed (or your VR headset.) All users will be able to see 3D photos in their feeds starting Oct 11. The option to create them is expanding a little more slowly, over a process of a few weeks. And in order to use it, you’ll need an iPhone with dual cameras — a feature that’s been available since the iPhone 7, although it’s not present in the new, lower-end iPhone XR. A number of other flagship phones feature dual cameras, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and LG V35 ThinQ, but Facebook says it will be “adding support for more devices in the future.”
The 3D photo feature was announced in May, and it’s relatively straightforward: you select a picture, and Facebook turns it into a pseudo-3D image that changes perspective slightly when you scroll or tilt your phone. TechCrunch explained how the technology works in more detail earlier this year; basically, it draws from the depth map that’s automatically created by dual-camera phones, then adds some custom software tweaks that create a more realistic image. The vast majority of people will see these photos on other phones, but you can also view them on the Oculus Go VR headset’s web browser, or Firefox on the Oculus Rift.
Read the full article from The Verge.