Facebook adds AR drawings and Instagram's Boomerang to stories

Instagram 3D drawing. Facebook

This is not the first time that Facebook is experimenting with AR.

Facebook has also confirmed the fact that the Boomerang will be replacing the looping GIF creation in the Facebook camera; the Boomerang feature, however, is already available on Instagram.

Facebook tells me the technology understands the corners and objects in the room to create a 3D spec. Facebook could that use that to detect surfaces like walls and tables to wrap the drawing onto them. Users will then be able to wrap around their scribbles around the objects, but the technology is still far from flawless. Speaking about the feature to TechCrunch, John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager, said, "We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them".

Facebook has been working on pushing into the AR sector for a while now. Further, the 3D drawing feature comes with only one pastel effect for making the drawings on the videos; however as per some reports, more brush options are to be added in the future.

Previously, the company revealed its AR effects back at F8 a year ago. If you are not familiar with 3D drawing then this allows you to scribble a message or a graffiti and then move the camera around to see that the markings or the elements of the graffiti stay in place as the camera moves.

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Instagram had recently copied the Snapchat to add the signature Stories feature, now it is Facebook that has adopted the same. However, the GIFs created using the earlier tool restarted from the beginning, creating a slightly jarring effect; with the new tool, which has seen huge success on photo sharing platform Instagram, users can now create seamless GIFs on Facebook Stories as well.

The details of this feature are yet to be finalized and Instagram did not go into any detail at the moment.

"Unlike Instagram's Snapchat clone, which has more users than Snapchat itself, Facebook's hasn't been as successful".

Facebook is leveling up its Stories feature.

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