May 4th is Star Wars Day thanks to the biggest puns. And what better way to pay tribute to the space opera than with Snapchat’s augmented reality superpowers.
While Disney has used AR through the likes of Snapchat, Facebook and Google to promote Star Wars properties, and now Lens Studio for Snapchat has enabled creators to build their own Star Wars AR experiences.
In previous editions of AR Snapshots, we had virtual lightsabers, Mandalorian helmets, and dancing Baby Yoda AR lenses, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are more options for creating your own Star Wars AR content.
This is the way for the Mandalorian AR effects
The Disney Plus series The Mandalorian has pumped some renewed excitement into the franchise. It, in turn, has served as the muse for multiple lenses, some of which are better than others.
The viral star of the show is, of course, Baby Yoda. Thanks to the Baby Yoda Lens, you can become Grogu yourself. In addition to placing Baby Yoda̵
If you’d rather wear a Mandalorian helmet, you can also try the Mandalorian or Boba Fett lens. Each lens places the respective helmet over your face. But there’s more: just tap the screen and you’ll get several background replacements for an immersive experience.
New Lens Studio features result in full body Star Wars AR costumes
Full-body tracking in Lens Studio 3.4 has expanded virtual masks to virtual costumes.
Creator Noah Lupowitz has started making a few virtual Star Wars costumes. If you want to be the meanest Sith in the galaxy, there is the Darth Vader lens. If the burden of leadership isn’t your thing, there’s the Stormtrooper lens too.
Move yourself into the Star Wars Starships
Maybe you don’t want to be someone else in the Star Wars canon, but you want to make it seem like you’re in a galaxy far, far away yourself. That’s what lenses are for.
The Star Wars lens puts a virtual Rebel pilot helmet on your head, with background segmentation adding the cockpit of a starfighter behind you. Conversely, the Tie Fighter Pilot Lens re-imagines you as an Empire warrior, for those who believe the Empire was right and that the rebels were actually terrorists.
There is also the Star Wars Hallway lens. There is no virtual mask here, just a backdrop of a spaceship corridor. However, if you are using Snap Camera on Zoom or other video calling, you will get a different virtual background option.
Lord Vader … Get up
Another Darth Vader lens gives us a different view of the Sith lord.
Instead of a full body costume, you only get Vader’s helmet, but with a semi-transparent visor so that your eyes (which glow red) become visible.
Additionally, when you raise your hand, the lens places a lightsaber in your hand. Unfortunately, it doesn’t use the improved hand tracking introduced by Lens Studio 3.4.
Play Lego Star Wars in your personal space
For a more lighthearted take on Star Wars, we have the True Jedi World Lens.
This lens is essentially a recreation of the Lego Star Wars video games. The rear camera lets you control a Luke Skywalker minifigure, followed by R2D2, with an on-screen touchpad as it walks through your physical environment and picks up Lego bricks.
There isn’t much else going on, but it does provide a proof of concept of how AR gaming via Snapchat could eventually become mainstream.