Facebook Stories adds AR drawing and Boomerang


Facebook Stories adds AR drawing and Boomerang

The company confirmed to TechCrunch that the features would start rolling out to users worldwide in the coming weeks.

The new feature will let users doodle and scribble on the screen before or while they are recording and see what augmented reality graffiti looks like on various surfaces as they move their phone around. By adding new features to Facebook Stories section, the giant is trying to attract more users of Facebook to start using this feature. This also means that flash photography is not supported by the new feature, on account of it harshly affecting the lighting captured in the image.

Previously, the company revealed its AR effects back at F8 previous year. The platform also rolled out support for industry standard glTF 2.0 in February this year, allowing developers to create richer and higher-quality 3D content for the platform.

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. Techcrunch, the tech portal, posted a promo video on 3D drawings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYqe3smoois) on YouTube. Additionally, Facebook Stories will allow users to create doodles that can intelligently identify what's in the camera frame and virtually interact with them even as users move the camera. Facebook Stories has not been able to duplicate that success yet, but the company likely hopes that integrating the established Boomerang brand will change this. "Stories" was first implemented in Snapchat, but has quickly been adopted by rivals Facebook and Instagram, which have launched their own Stories.

"Starting today, we are introducing a new experience called Stories, connecting Messenger Day and Facebook Stories".

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