October 05 2018
At last year’s F8 we introduced developers and artists to AR Studio, a powerful tool designed to make stunning interactive experiences for the Facebook camera. Since then we’ve seen the creation of immersive, interactive 3D experiences that allow us to enhance ourselves and the world around us, bringing imaginative augmented reality ideas to life. Today, we’re excited to announce a new version of AR Studio that provides easier creation, new capabilities, and wider distribution.
Also, you’re no longer blocked by the complexity and challenges of complicated 3D design tools. We’re introducing a new partnership with Sketchfab. With this integration coming soon, you can now search a library of downloadable models right in AR Studio and add them directly to your projects. In the near future, you’ll be able to add your own custom libraries to AR Studio with a simple JS library API.
We’re also launching new tools and capabilities to help you make more rich, relevant, and contextually-aware AR experiences:
In addition, we’re expanding camera effects beyond the Facebook app, so you can distribute your content to more people across new surfaces including Instagram, Messenger and Facebook Lite. This experience is launching now in closed beta on Instagram and Messenger, and coming soon for everyone using Facebook Lite. With these new surfaces, you can connect with a larger audience and share your experiences with people around the world – wherever they are.
We’re excited to make these new features available to our ecosystem, and we can’t wait to see the amazing experiences you create. No matter your background or skillset, if you have an augmented reality idea, you can bring it to life and share it with the 1.5 billion people with AR capable devices on Facebook.
To start building with us, visit https://sparkar.facebook.com/ar-studio.