Facebook has shared a lot of updates at the F8 keynote on 1 May, and it looks like the plan to experiment with AI and VR in some interesting ways. While 360-degree photos and videos have been around on Facebook for a while, they now plan to turn 2D photos into 3D. In other words, they want to give regular, flat photos a feeling of 3D space and create a more immersive experience for the viewers.
For now, not much is known about the upcoming feature, but we do know a little. Facebook has announced a feature called “VR memories” which should take old photos from our albums and turn them into 3D images, giving you the sense of the location where they were taken. This feature will reportedly be able to reconstruct your childhood home and let you view it from different angles, no matter the perspective.
As for the 3D photos you’ll post to your timeline, it’s not clear how the users will capture or view them. It’s possible that the same tech will be applied as for the “VR memories.” Perhaps it will also have something to do with the VR camera Facebook is developing with RED. Although, I doubt that it will be a prerequisite. It’s assumed that this camera will most likely not be gear available to the masses because of its price. So, I guess we still have to wait and see how the 3D photos will look like and how we will be able to create them.