Facebook introduces some new AR fun for Messenger

Facebook introduces some new AR fun for Messenger

Facebook clearly doesn't want any significant Snapchat feature to go unanswered.

Facebook seems to not be running out of things to add to its Messenger built-in camera in order to continually mimic and challenge Snapchat and other similar apps.

For regular users, that means they'll soon be able to overlay 3D objects on top of images and videos in their interactions with friends. The technology builds on Facebook's existing AR features, like the ability to add filters and masks to your face in a selfie, and it's created to make Messenger more interactive by leveraging the increasingly sophisticated computer vision capabilities of smartphones.

These are "early versions" of World Effects, so you can expect some refinement over time. You will have to pan your smartphone's camera to capture different angles of the effect. "Facebook says that now, they support only a heart, arrow, and robot, while there are bubbles and words that read "love", 'bae", "heart", and "miss you".

Facebook rivals Apple and Google have also prioritized AR development within their portfolios. The set of effects at the moment is quite small, only including a heart, an arrow, a robot, a unicorn, and some word bubbles.

As part of AR Studio's expanded availability, in the coming days we will also enable world effect technology within AR Studio.

Currently, these effects are not available for all Messenger users.

To add a World Effect, open the Messenger Camera from the inbox and then scroll to choose from the camera effects and pick an effect and then tap to add it to your image.

"Since launching in closed beta at F8, we've seen a strong reponse from the 2,000+ creators using AR Studio - building fun, animated frames, masks, and interactive AR experiences", said Ficus Kirkpatrick, engineering director at Facebook.

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