Facebook has just taken a step into uncharted waters with the introduction of 3D posts. Yes, the boundaries of mediums of conveying information are about to be pushed the company with this new feature that goes beyond 2D images, audio and video.
Showed at the Oculus Connect 4 event, the new Facebook 3D Posts will allow people to create 3D objects and put them up directly on the social media website for other people. All users on Facebook will (provided they have access to the post) be able to interact and view the object posted without the help of any VR headset.
The 3D objects can either be created on Oculus Medium or Facebook Spaces, which is Facebook’s own VR platform, and share them to Facebook. At the event, the company showed how a 3D model of a carved pumpkin can be examined from all angles just by interacting with it. This would also work by moving the phone in your hand to view the different angles.
As interesting as it may sound, the whole concept seems like a lot of work for the developers just for a single post. And this would be a difficult post format to catch on with the common crowd since it would require a specialized skill to create.
But it could turn out to be a handy tool for businesses as they will be able to showcase their product in a more engaging 3D format.
Facebook also showed that the 3D objects can be grabbed, spun around and looked at from all angles. They can even be pinched to zoom in an out.