Snapchat’s face tracking has certainly come a long way. This week we have an example of an effect that is almost guaranteed to panic your friends.
Naturally, these face tracking capabilities are available to the Lens Studio community, as evidenced by a tribute to the rock gods KISS in augmented reality. For rear camera AR experiences, we have more dancing characters and a world-changing effect that boggles the mind.
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Try out these lenses for yourself by scanning their respective Snapcodes.
Defy nature and become a horse
They say you shouldn̵
The Horse Head Lens, another AR gift from Snapchat’s creative team, commands you to open your mouth and slowly turn your face into a horse.
The tracking is quite impressive, with the horse hair flowing in response to head movements. Plus, Horse Head mirrors your blinking eyes and mouth movements, so you can indeed look into the mouth of this virtual gift horse.
Forget the face paint – This is how you look like KISS
In the 1970s, if you wanted to imitate the signature face paint of the most popular band in the world, you needed face paint. But this is the 21st century, and with Snapchat, you don’t have to worry about the messy cleanup later on.
The KISS Face filter on objectspace gives you a virtual makeover with the demonic look of Gene Simmons, the band’s vocalist and bassist. The lens even gives you the rocker’s haircut and includes the band’s logo for good measure.
The camera effect even simulates Simmons’s world-famous tongue when you open your mouth, although the tracking isn’t always accurate – that’s part of the look you can’t replicate with facepaint.
Dance the Night Away with Chrome Dancers …
Do you miss going to the club and cutting a rug? If you want to dance with someone in your social circle, we have an otherworldly option for you.
Antoni Tudisco’s Chrome Dancers filter transports three larger-than-life creatures with reflective metallic skin to your personal space. As the figures jump around, their skin reflects their actual environment.
“Before I built my own lens, I spent all day testing Spectacles 3. Once I was done, I could understand how AR and the real world could merge to add my own lens,” Tudisco said via Instagram.
Tudisco has also published a sequel, Chrome Dancers 2, which adds a fourth dancer. Three is a party, four is a crowd, so just pick the group you feel like.
… or Boogie Down with Baby Yoda
Speaking of dancing, who can resist having the light tripping fantastically with everyone’s favorite Jedi toddler?
Adel’s Dancing Baby Yoda filter radiates The Child into your physical environment, where it will proceed to go down.
Of course there are other ways to bring Grogu into your own world, but this one is just a bit more fun.
Open a whirlpool in your floor
Our final AR experience for this edition of AR Snapshots deserves its spot for its purely trippy nature.
Denis Rossiev’s Vortex Filter manifests a virtual vortex on horizontal surfaces in your environment, the mesmerizing effect reflecting the environment on which it is placed. An eerie roar accompanies the experience, offering dark and light options.
And, as the one virtual maelstrom, you don’t have to worry about it sucking up your belongings or gobbling up your tenant’s deposit.