This disclosure presents a system and method for permitting users to interact with images as three-dimensional objects. In that regard, an aspect of the system and method relates to displaying a world space to a user based on a three-dimensional model. The world space includes a collection of spherical images upon which equirectangular images are projected. When a user selects a sphere for increased interaction, the size of the sphere increases until it appears as if the user is inside of the sphere. The user may then view and interact with a photosphere that corresponds with the equirectangular image projected on the sphere. When the user is finished interacting with the image, the size of the sphere decreases until the user is once again viewing the sphere from the outside. The spheres may be presented as short-lived ephemeral media.
Valli, Joel and Mancuso, Devin, "3D ENVIRONMENT FOR INTERACTING AND VIEWING PHOTOSPHERES", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 20, 2017)