Facebook can now turn any 2D photo into 3D image


Facebook can now turn any 2D photo into 3D image

Facebook has recently announced that it can now turn almost any 2D image into a 3D photo irrespective of the camera type and the availability of “portrait mode” on the phone.

First unveiled in October 2018, the feature was just available on phones with a dual-lens “portrait mode” feature. But now, with the help of AI, any plain 2D image can be converted into a 3D photo even if the phone has a single camera and lacks a “portrait mode” feature.

According to Facebook, the new AI-powered system uses machine learning to infer a 3D structure of any image. The system involves the use of a trained neural network to “estimate a distance from the camera for each pixel.”

This is not the first time such a technique has been introduced. Before Facebook, Google has used a similar technique with its Pixel phones. But Facebook’s 3D tool allows the user to create 3D pictures out of everything from recent selfies to "decades-old" shots stored on their phone.

The company said the 3D tool is available to anyone with an iPhone 7 or any recent midrange or better Android device. The feature is now rolling out for Facebook’s app. The company though has not mentioned the list of compatible devices.

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