AI vision startup Lucid has introduced an upcoming app called LucidPix that transforms ordinary images into 3D photos. The app is currently in development but has been made available to some users as part of a private beta. LucidPix is made possible using a contextual artificial intelligence that replaces the need for depth of field sensors or multiple cameras.

Generally speaking, special high-end camera hardware including select expensive flagship smartphones are required to capture 3D images. Unlike old school red-cyan stereoscopic 3D images, this newer type of 3D image doesn't require special glasses to view. Instead, the effect is generated in the image based on depth-of-field data. Users can perceive the depth of different elements in the images by tilting their phones while viewing them, giving the images a 3D effect.

The LucidPix app will make it possible for anyone to create 3D photos, including ones generated from existing 2D images, using any iPhone or Android smartphone model. The transformation happens entirely through software. The LucidPix app includes 3D effect frames and will be offered in both standard and for-pay Premium versions.

3D photos generated with LucidPix can be shared within the photo app, as well as on social media platforms that support 3D images, including Facebook. According to Lucid, more than 250,000 people are using the LucidPix beta app through the Google Play Store's early access program. Lucid recently demonstrated the app at CES 2020; the product will officially launch in the second quarter of the year.

Additional examples of 3D photos generated with LucidPix can be found on the app's official Facebook Page.