Facebook’s VR Experiment Lets Users ‘Enter’ Old Photos
A Facebook prototype creates dream-like 3D spaces from 2D photos for viewers to explore in virtual reality
Since purchasing the virtual reality company Oculus, Facebook has been investing in ways to bring VR to the social platform. At this week’s F8 presentation, the Social VR team introduced a experimental feature that turns 2D photographs into virtual memories.
The feature works with machine learning algorithms that convert a 2D photo or video into a 3D environment using point cloud reconstruction. Facebook says the tech uses “photogrammetry” to create 3D space from flat photos or videos—the idea being that users could ‘enter’ into a past experience and relive a memory. For now, Engadget reports that the imagery has a dreamy effect reminiscent of pointillism.
While Facebook only displayed this feature as a prototype, the company is working on more virtual reality software, hinting at major changes for the user experience in social media.