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Facebook turns iPhone bokeh images into 3D Photos


Facebook can turn a Bokeh image into a 3D one.
Facebook can turn a Bokeh image into a 3D one.
Photo: Facebook

Bokeh images look sort of three dimensional, with their subjects in focus and their backgrounds blurry. Facebook took this idea and ran with it. The social networking service created tech to turn bokeh pictures into 3D images.

“3D Photos use the depth maps that are stored with ‘Portrait’ photos taken on iPhone 7+, 8+, X or XS,” according to Facebook. Don’t be confused. Apple sometimes calls bokeh images “Portrait” images, and that’s what Facebook is referring to. 

Images will apparentlyy need to be marked as 3D for the software to convert them from bokeh. People will still be able to post bokeh images to their feeds without them automatically being made three dimensional.

Some Android devices can also take bokeh images, but at present the Facebook 3D Photos conversion process can only happen on iOS.

Facebook 3D for everyone

After the images are uploaded to Facebook and the bokeh-to-3D conversion process, anyone using this social network can see them. “Just take a photo in Portrait mode using your compatible dual-lens smartphone, then share as a 3D photo on Facebook where you can scroll, pan and tilt to see the photo in realistic 3D,” promises the company.,

In addition, the images can be viewed in VR using the Oculus Browser on Oculus Go or Firefox on Oculus Rift.

Facebook 3D iImages will start appearing in feeds today, but the ability to share them has just started rolling out. The feature should be available to everyone “in the coming weeks.”


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