Fyuse, The 3D Photo Social App for your Smart Phone

On my daily perusal of my social networks, I ran across a Facebook ad for yet another photo app. It caught my attention because of the video. The video showed this woman eating a dessert (that looked delicious by the way) and tilting her phone to capture what seemed like a seamless pan of her plate of sweet goodness. If anything the ad was persuasive and I just had to try for myself.

The app is called Fyuse (pronounced "fuse") by Fyusion. It is an app available for both iOS and Android and the app is to create images that are more interactive to the user audience. To use Fyuse, you capture an image by panning your phone around your subject - as in the ad, the enticing dessert. It definitely brings you closer to the reality of the subject moreso than a picture but still is pretty different than a video. It is more like a GIF.  According to Fyuse it is called, "spatial photography," and it has peaked my interest and I'm sure will yours also.

It seems like the app has been around for at least a couple of years. The most current iteration of the app is nice. It has a simple interface that is essential for any and all phone apps. The filters and editing tools are basic which I think is really all you need for the user to continue to use the app. It is a really cool little app. What caught my eye, was the way it captures images. I think that from what is out there now, it is something that will be newer to a lot of users. 

The concept is great and I can see it really taking off. I think it is better than GIF because it puts the user world into light. I also believe that it is better than Instagram's Boomerang - which is essentially Instagram's GIF creator. I liken it to Apple's Live Photos or Android's Zoey apps. The same issue that plagues these apps especially when it comes to the social aspects of mobile photography is that it limits who gets to see your creations. In many ways this can be the app killer. 

Really quick, remember, mobile photography consists of these elements: image maker, image editor, and image sharing. Again these elements must be available in order for success in the mobile photography realm.

Fyuse is trying to build its community and although an uphill battle against InstagramSnapchat, and even Facebook; may do so if it gains traction.

Make that Fyuse

Before we get you Fyusing the app (see what I did there), let's get through the "unboxing" if you will. Once you initially open the app, you will then choose which social networks you would like to connect with.  I chose Twitter but you have the option for Facebook or just using your email.  The app will then ask you to to sign up within the apps community. Once connected, you will also get to choose which mutual friends (from your Twitter contacts in my case) to follow. After that, the Fyuse community is your world.  You get to see the featured images, and then get to access all the apps features.

Now let us create some Fyuses.

Making the Fyuse is relatively easy. It gestures like any other photo taking - point and shoot - then with the addition of panning around your subject (think of how you create a panoramic image - same concept). Open up the app and the camera within, point it at your subject, press and hold the shutter, then pan. Once you have completed this, you can then hit next, view your Fyuse, keep or delete it. Hit next and then you will get to the filters feature screen. Here is where you have 12 filters you can use for your capture. You can also make basic edits to your capture along with cropping as you see fit. Once you hit next, you move to another screen where you can add text, stickers, and symbols.

When shooting with Fyuse, you should only shoot horizontally and vertically.  Again think of how you shoot a panoramic image. You can shoot in both landscape and in portrait mode as both works fine for the app.

Another cool feature (before Snapchat) is the shoot and edit later component. You can shoot all day and then come back to your creations and edit as you see fit, then share. This is definitely a feature I think that most social networks have started to use now and Fyuse has been doing so before the others have. 

I got lost in some of the featured images that the Fyuse team put in the curated section. It was not that I thought the images of coffee and a cheese danish or a french bulldog on a sidewalk were original, but the Fyuses just had a different feel to them. The movement is intriguing and I think that those types of Fyuses were really outstading within the idea of social media.  The app gives you that freedom to shoot what you want but using this technology was different. More different than what I saw is the closest thing I've seen to this type of social photography - Snapchat. Even with Instagram's Stories, there is something that just works for Fyuses. It just seems, for now, a lot more memorable which is truly the intent behind capturing images and telling stories. 

Will the Fyuse Community Gain Traction?

As I mentioned above, it is still going to be an uphill battle for Fyuse to capture the hearts of the masses. It is not the developers fault mind you. It is just that Instagram and Snapchat have grown so crazy that in order to get into that realm, the community needs to become ambassadors and then all will fall into place. 

While you can keep your Fyuses private, the app thrives on its community of photographers who share their creations in an Instagram-like feed. As you scroll through the feed, Fyuses load automatically and you can tilt your phone to see them in action. Tap on any Fyuse to see the full-size version, which takes up your entire screen.

The app has social functions that help the community do just that. You are able to hashtag and "echo" other users post (share with your followers). You can share to your personal social networks and show off your Fyuses outside of the app. The elements are there for sure. 

The community is relatively small and with that the exposure for individuals and for the app itself is small. The smaller the community, the smaller the interactions. 

I suggest to all Fyusers out there that you should always share to all the social networks. You can share to the major social networks like Instagram and Facebook, but I would go a step further and save your Fyuse to your camera roll and then share to Snapchat.

The more exposure you give to your Fyuses the more exposure you give to the community and ultimately to the app and the idea of "spatial photography."

My Final Word

Fyuse is a great app and its unlike any other app really. It can be special to users and to the community of mobile photographers around the world. The creations you capture leave you with a different feeling and the idea of "spatial photography" is pretty awesome. Fyuses (if it catches on in a larger scale) can be mentioned in casual conversation much like still images, video, and GIF. It is a fresh way to look at capturing your window of the world. 

I give the app 4 stars as I think that it can be a good way to create a newer mobile type of medium. Also if anything, it is refreshing to use when you are tired or in a rut with the other social networks.