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Facebook Stories adds funky AR drawing and Instagram's Boomerang

Facebook Stories adds funky AR drawing and Instagram's Boomerang
From TechCrunch - April 12, 2018

Youll soon be able to draw on the world around you and shoot back-and-forth InstagramBoomerang GIFs with the FacebookCamera. Bringing additional creative tools to the Facebook Camera could make it a more popular place to shoot content and help the company compete with Snapchat.

We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them saysJohn Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager about the feature it calls 3D drawing. Its rolling out to users over the coming weeks.Matt Navarra first spotted the features.

With AR drawing, you can scribble on the world around you, then move your camera and see the markings stay in place. Its a fun way to add graffiti that only exists inside your screen. You can add the drawings before or while youre recording, allowing you to draw on something out of frame, then pan or unzoom to reveal it. Facebook will eventually add more brushes beyond the pastel gradient colors seen here.

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. Currently, it only does that when its confident about the object recognition, such as in optimal light conditions.

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