Facebook has begun rolling out a new feature that allows users to post 3D images into their news feed. The new feature works by using AI to gain depth to 2D images taken in portrait mode using Apple iPhones.
Facebook's 3D photo feature was originally announced in May during the company's annual F8 conference. The new feature now rolls out to everyone, and it will be available to all users in the next few weeks. But everyone on Facebook now has the opportunity to see 3D images in the news feed.
For those who already have the feature available to them, they can start posting this type of image by starting a new post and selecting the 3D images. The option is between Check in and Camera. Users must then choose a portrait captured on their iPhones. This also means that the new feature will only work if users own an iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or the brand new iPhone XS.
When the image is uploaded, it should have a 3D-like effect that gives the image more depth. Users need to move around the phone to see the full 3D effect. On desktop computers, users must move the mouse pointer on the image to see the 3D effect. The 3D images created by users can also be viewed using the Oculus browser on Oculus Go, or Firefox on the Oculus Rift headset.
Facebook is assumed to use artificial intelligence to create 3D images. TechCrunch said that Facebook's AI is able to sew together real layers of the image by using the different perspectives of the two cameras on iPhones. The results are not always perfect and therefore, Facebook has offered some guidelines so users can add the best 3D images.
"You get the best results if your main subject is three or four yards away, and to make it really pop, try to capture scenes with several layers of depth, including something in the foreground and something in the background, says the company on its blog . "You get more of the 3D effect when your image subject has contrasting colors. For example, someone who has a blue shirt standing in front of a blue wall, not as much as anyone who has a different color. "
The ability to make 3D images on Facebook is only available for iPhone that has two cameras backward facing . Nevertheless, it is expected to come to other smartphones in the near future.