In a world full of augmented reality camera effects apps, an app goes in a more social direction.
On Tuesday, a restarted version of Octi (which debuted for the first time in 2018) was released in the Apple App Store. Now, instead of just adding AR effects to photos & videos, the app uses face recognition to identify users and anchor augmented reality content around them in the form of a virtual belt .
For some, the idea of face recognition was fused with an AR social network that can cause chills, but Octi has taken steps to prevent unwanted snooping around.
With the free app, a person cannot just walk on the street and scan strangers to discover their personal profile. Instead, users must accept a friend request to allow them to join their AR circle. If someone is not recognized by Octi, users can send him an invitation to the network.