Facebook “3D Posts” let you play with VR objects in News Feed


Facebook wants to let you create virtual objects in its Oculus Medium sculpting platform or Facebook Spaces VR hangouts and then share them with friends who don’t have a VR headset. Today at Oculus Connect 4, Facebook previewed 3D posts, a new type of News Feed post where users can grab, spin, and interact with a 3D object to look at it from all angles.

Below you can see how you can pinch, zoom, and rotate the objects in 3D posts.

And rather than the objects just being static, you can actually open and close toy car doors, pose figures, and more.

Users will be able to create objects in Medium or Spaces’ marker drawing feature and then share them to the News Feed. And down the line, Facebook is working on an API to let third-party VR app developers give users the option to share their creations to the News Feed.

Facebook will also soon allow augmented reality objects recorded with Facebook Camera to be shared into Facebook Spaces so you can play with AR in VR.

Facebook actually first allowed 3D objects to be interacted with in the feed via 3D embeds from Sketchfab back in 2015. But now Facebook has built a standardized 3D format on top of which it can build more 3D creation tools.

The 3D posts feature could radically expand the number of people who can play with things made in VR by letting this content escape the headset.

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