3D photos on iOS or Android are now a thing, thanks to this new, free app

3D photos on iOS or Android are now a thing, thanks to this new, free app


This is a GIF made from a 3D photo taken with the LucidPix app. The movement shows how the perspective changes as you move your phone around.


LucidPix

After being in beta for months, the 3D photo app LucidPix is now available to iOS and Android users. Whether you have a newer phone like the iPhone 11 or Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or an older one like a Motorola Moto G6 or iPhone 6S, you can use the app take 3D photos. Best of all, you don’t need a special accessory or multiple rear cameras. Instead, LucidPix uses artificial intelligence to render 3D photos that will move as you tilt and pan your phone.

Usually when the term 3D is brought up, failed products like 3D televisions and 3D phones come to mind. Part of the problem is that 3D is often hyped as the beginning of a new product category, instead of being approached as a new tool for expression. Lucid, the company behind the app, smartly embraces 3D’s role as a creative tool.

Earlier this year at CES, Lucid showed off how its imaging magic doesn’t require specialized hardware like 2019’s $1,300 ill-fated Red Hydrogen One phone. LucidPix captures 3D photos with software that mimics how the human brain processes depth. The software started out in the company’s LucidCam VR180 camera and was used by Red in the Hydrogen phone and in the unreleased Red 8K 3D Lithium cinema camera. During its time in beta, LucidPix had a thorough vetting of its features and interface by over a million people who tried the app. 

Here’s another 3D photo taken with the LucidPix app. 


LucidPix

LucidPix can also convert your existing 2D photos to 3D. The finished images can be shared with the app’s community or on other platforms like Facebook, which has built-in support for displaying 3D images. Adding this social aspect to the app lets you share and view 3D images just like people do with 2D images on Instagram or Snapchat. In fact, there are several large groups on Facebook dedicated to 3D photos. And at this time LucidPix seems like one of the easier ways to create and customize your own 3D snaps.

“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.”

Jin suggests that the technology that powers the LucidPix app will one day have an impact on future photo formats from AR and VR to 3D and holograms, whether viewed on a phone or with a specialized headset.

LucidPix is available for free from both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. A Pro version includes unlimited use of the app without watermarks for $6 per month or $40 per year on iOS and for $4 per month or $30 per year on Android.






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Originally published Jan. 24.

Update, June 17: Updated to reflect that LucidPix is now out of beta, adds pricing info.



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