Facebook Stories to get AR drawings and Boomerangs in the near future

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Facebook Stories to get AR drawings and Boomerangs in the near future

Facebook announced two new features coming to Stories: 3D drawings with AR applications and Boomerang from Instagram.

Facebook is calling its AR drawing feature "3D drawing", and it will let users doodle on images they capture using Facebook Camera while clicking or after. It's massively popular feature which is now making its way to the Facebook Stories. Starting with the new 3D drawings and Instagram's Boomerang, the social media platform hopes to compete with Snapchat.

"We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them" says John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager about the feature it calls "3D drawing". At the moment the wrapping functionality only works in optimal lighting conditions, when the object recognition algorithm detects the presence with assurance.

It's an interesting and fun feature to be fair to the firm, but Facebook Stories is still of dubious relevance at this stage. This, in turn, allows a user to wrap his/her art on the objects which are visible in the camera feed.




For the uninformed, Boomerang is a feature that loops videos back and forwards (hence the name) and have proven very popular with users of Instagram.

If we talk about this particular Stories feature on Facebook, it has not been successful as Instagram or Snapchat.

"The way people share and connect is changing; it's quickly becoming more real-time and visual". That feature has not been updated yet and it is now getting polished with a whole new look. 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. Yes, there are millions of Facebook users who are making use of this Facebook Stories on a daily basis.

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