Facebook Stories will now add Instagram's Boomerang feature and AR drawings

Facebook Stories will now add Instagram's Boomerang feature and AR drawings

It's an interesting and fun feature to be fair to the firm, but Facebook Stories is still of dubious relevance at this stage. 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".

According to a report by Elite Daily, John Barnett, Facebook Camera Product Manager added, "We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them".

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".


"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". At the time, the company said that it was planning to build ways to bring the created 3D content and objects into the real world using AR, and 3D drawing could be the platform's first moves in that direction.

The company has only added pastel gradient colours as part of the feature and it could add additional brushes in the future. At the moment the wrapping functionality only works in optimal lighting conditions, when the object recognition algorithm detects the presence with assurance. It launched its suite of AR effects and developer kits for various applications at the F8 conference in April past year. Facebook also launched AR tracker target experiences which would trigger from QR codes or real-world posters.

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