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Meta Introduces 3D Avatars to Instagram Stories, Rolls Out Updated Options for Facebook and Messenger

Meta has tweaked the facial shapes and skin shaders of the avatars.

Meta Introduces 3D Avatars to Instagram Stories, Rolls Out Updated Options for Facebook and Messenger

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Meta has added customisation options for people with disabilities

Highlights
  • Meta plans to add more customisation options in 2022
  • Meta has added limited-time Super Bowl LVI shirts with this update
  • People can use their 3D avatars as Facebook profile pictures

Meta is introducing 3D avatars to Instagram stories and direct messages. It has also released updated avatars for Facebook and Messenger. The update brings new facial shapes and assistive devices like wheelchairs for differently abled people. The update is currently available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, along with other countries where the rollout has already begun. The Facebook parent company has also teamed up with the NFL to release Super Bowl LVI shirts for avatars. People can now outfit their avatars with limited-time shirts of either Cincinnati Bengals or Los Angeles Rams.

The announcement was made by Aigerim Shorman, General Manager for Avatars and Identity, on Meta's official blog. The social media giant has started rolling out the updated avatars on Facebook, Messenger, and, for the first time, Instagram. People can use their virtual likeness for creating stickers, feed posts, Facebook profile pictures, and more. As of now, people can make two different avatars, one for Instagram and one for both Facebook and Messenger, and a third for VR. Users registered with the Accounts Centre have the option to sync their avatars across different platforms. Additionally, Facebook users who have created an avatar in the past will see it getting converted to 3D with this update.

The update brings Cochlear implants and over-the-ear hearing aids with several colour options for the avatars on all platforms. There is also a wheelchair, which will appear in stickers. Meta has also updated the look of the avatars with subtle tweaks to the facial shapes and skin shaders. The company says that it plans to bring even more customisation options to the Avatar editor in 2022.

Meta has announced that it is partnering up with the NFL to celebrate Super Bowl LVI, which is set to take place on February 13. It is releasing limited-time shirts of the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. These shirts will remain live until February 28. There is also a Super Bowl LVI shirt for the neutral fans.


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Siddhant Chandra
Siddhant Chandra is a Senior Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. This is his first foray into the tech space, having made the switch from travel. He holds a keen interest in keeping up with the latest hardware and software developments in the gaming industry. After work, you can mostly find him playing CS:GO with his buds, where he has clocked over 3K hours. You can reach him at siddhantc@ndtv.com. More
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