Facebook Stories adds AR drawing and Boomerang

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As per a report by TechCrunch, the company will soon roll out new elements to its Facebook Stories feature, including the ability to draw AR doodles on real-world images and videos, as well as the integration of the popular Boomerang feature from Instagram.

Facebook is leveling up its Stories feature.

The other new addition is what Facebook calls "3D drawing" and is based on augmented reality. At the moment the wrapping functionality only works in optimal lighting conditions, when the object recognition algorithm detects the presence with assurance. Speaking about the feature to TechCrunch, John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager, said, "We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them". As per some reports from the web, the new feature is said to be the worst privacy scandal till date, and Facebook is regularly working on the stories to make it a robust feature available for the users. This, in turn, allows a user to wrap his/her art on the objects which are visible in the camera feed. Facebook had its own version previously, which had the same effect as Boomerang, except it had some bugs.

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The second tool launched by the social media behemoth is Boomerang. Instagram's Stories feature is a Snapchat clone, but sees much higher user engagement, according to Engadget. Given that it has more users than Snapchat, the pioneer of vanishing posts, Facebook will have an even harder time convincing the people to use its platform and cross-post to Instagram instead. The social media company is now testing different ways to encourage more people into its Stories. "We're testing new creative tools to bring pictures and videos to life, and introducing easier ways to find and share stories", a spokesperson from Facebook told TechCrunch.

Facebook has been pushing its Stories tool aggressively, despite a muted response from users. That feature has not been updated yet and it is now getting polished with a whole new look.