Facebook has introduced a new option that allows users to convert 2D photos to 3D photos thanks to Facebook’s ability to simulate depth of images.
Facebook has existing 3D options which it first released in 2018. It had introduced 3D images posts back then and later released the same for Stories. But until now, Facebook had been utilizing multi-camera features in high-end devices to facilitate 3D depths of any image. And now with this latest addition, this could be possible with any device.
According to Facebook:
"3D Photos feature has [thus far] relied on the dual-lens “portrait mode” capabilities available only in new, higher-end smartphones, so it hasn’t been available on typical mobile devices, which have only a single, rear-facing camera. To bring this new visual format to more people, we have used state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to produce 3D photos from virtually any standard 2D picture. This system infers the 3D structure of any image, whether it is a new shot just taken on an Android or iOS device with a standard single camera, or a decades-old image recently uploaded to a phone or laptop."
If you want to check out the addition, the first thing you’ll have to do is update to Facebook’s latest version. Next tap on ‘What’s on Your Mind?’ on your News Feed and go through the options. You will see an add ‘3D photo’ option, once you tap on that you will be taken to your device's gallery where you can choose an image from. Select the image of your choice and Facebook will convert it into 3D.
Although it is not completely 3D and is more of a 3D simulation, it gives a similar effect that responds when you tilt your device.
To bring this option to life, Facebook has used image recognition and object perception on numerous image samples.
This new technical achievement by Facebook can make your posts appear more interesting. And with more advancements in this aspect, we can expect Facebook to dig deeper into AR and VR in the future.
To know more about the 3D image option, read here.