Meta rolled out 3D avatars in Instagram stories and direct messages (DMs) in India on Tuesday. The Facebook parent company has also unveiled updated avatars for Facebook and Messenger with customization options. The avatars have new face shapes that allow users to replace their looks with virtual characters on these platforms. The updated avatars also include tools for people with disabilities. The company has added 3D virtual avatars to its platforms as part of its push into the Metaverse.
The social media giant announced in a press release the addition of 3D avatars in Instagram Stories and DMs, as well as the launch of updated 3D avatars on Facebook and Messenger in India. The update allows users to create a virtual version of themselves. 3D Virtual Avatar allows users to choose the right facial features, body types, clothing styles and more to create their virtual selves. The virtual avatars can be used as stickers, feed posts and Facebook profile pictures, among other things.
“When we launched our updated avatars last year, we offered more than a quintillion different combinations, and we continue to add more options to give people even more ways to express themselves,” said Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships of Meta India.
The updated avatars include new face shapes and tools for people with disabilities. These include cochlear implants and over-the-ear hearing aids in different colors. It also includes wheelchairs that will appear in stickers on Facebook, in Messenger chats, and in DMs on Instagram.
The company has also updated the look of avatars to resemble users’ facial features and looks. Meta said it made subtle adjustments to specific face shapes and skin shaders. The company plans to add more customization options to the Avatar Edition later this year.
Back in February, Meta announced the 3D avatars for Instagram stories and direct messages in select countries including the US, Canada and Mexico. It has also released updated avatars for Facebook and Messenger.
https://gadgets360.com/apps/news/instagram-stories-dm-facebook-messenger-rollout-meta-3d-avatars-feature-update-india-3005586 Meta expands 3D avatars on Instagram Stories and DM in India and introduces improved avatars on Facebook and Messenger