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The beta stage is finally over and now we can all make3D photos with the LucidPix app on Android handsets and iPhones. It doesn’t matter the phone you have – iPhone 11 or 6S, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or Motorola Moto G6 – you can now take 3D photos with the app. The best thing about the app is its compatibility, you don’t need fancy camera arrays for it to work. What you get is an artificial intelligence-led app that makes your photos 3D as you tilt and swivel your phone.

When we think about 3D tech, your mind tends to jump over to 3D television sets and 3D phones. What causes 3D to flop so often is that it’s sold as the beginning of a whole new product, rather than a new way to express yourself, according to analysis from Patrick Holland for cnet, which was originally published on January 12 and has since been updated now beta testing has finished. The company that’s come up with this app, Lucid, harnesses the power of 3D purely for creativity’s sake.

At January 2020’s CES, Lucid demonstrated how the app worked without needing to invest in new kit, as compared to the doomed Red Hydrogen One phone that came out in 2019 with a $1,300 pricetag. The app from Lucid instead makes a photo look 3D by mimicking the human brain’s ability to perceive depth. The beginnings of the software lie in the LucidCam VR180 which first used it, and it also featured on the Hydrogen phone from Red and in the yet-to-be released 8K 3D Lithium cinema camera. Whilst in beta testing, LucidPix has been worked over in depth, with its features and user experience being tested by more than one million average users. 

One really cool feature is the ability to convert your standard 2D pics into a 3D image. You can share these through the community that uses the app or upload them on to Facebook, which already has support for rendering 3D images for users. The social element of the app means you can share out and check out 3D pictures in the same way that you do on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. There’s already an established community of users on Facebook, with several well-populated groups dedicated to the images. It looks like LucidPix is one of the easiest ways to make, customize, and share your 3D pictures.

“The way consumers express themselves digitally and visually has evolved more and more to what we naturally see with our own eyes with depth,” Han Jin, Lucid’s founder and CEO, said of the CES display in January. “Thus, over the past few years, the visual medium has become more multidimensional, leading to more portrait photos, 3D content, and AR and VR being created.”

He also posited that LucidPix’s tech will directly impact future photo formats, including from AR, VP, 3D, and holograms, across hardware such as phones and specialized headsets. 

You can download the LucidPix app for Android from Play Store and for iOS from the App Store, free of charge. There’s a Pro version that gives unlimited usage and no watermarks that costs $6 per month, or $40 annually for iPhones, and $4 monthly or $30 for a year on Android phones.

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