Snapchat’s first foray into augmented reality began with the selfie camera and face tracking technology, then the app’s AR capabilities expanded from there.
More recently, Snapchat creators have gotten full body tracking through Lens Studio, which has spawned virtual costumes such as Iron Man and Darth Vader. Snapchat’s AR superstar dancing hot dog has even joined the full-body costume party.
Since then, several developers have come up with some more imaginative uses for full-body tracking. We’ve uncovered three lenses that are perfect for adding some pizzazz to your shared social media dance routines, if that̵
Catch Disco Fever
Is disco dead? I don’t know, these things are cyclical. Don’t forget that swing music had that brief revival in the 90s.
You could lead the way with the Star Burst, which follows your movements with colorful silhouettes spanning the rainbow.
The effect reminds me of old disco music videos, but I’m sure it will work with a new Lizzo joint for a short dance clip.
Become a robot in a post-apocalyptic wasteland
One of the problems with the costume lenses is that you are not 100% masked by the costume in the foreground.
With Robot Snapchat Lens, the developer solved this problem by adding background segmentation with a scene reminiscent of the Terminator series to mask your body. In the foreground, full-body tracking anchors the robot figure and mirrors your movements.
Instead of the robot’s head, there is a thumbnail view of your head, which interrupts the immersion a bit to keep you engaged with the content. Maybe a background segmentation adjustment would complete this lens?
Surround yourself in neon
In another full-body lens ideal for sharing dance content, Neon Line shows clear, pulsating contours of your body and its surroundings that steadily flow through the color spectrum, following you as you move.
This Snapchat lens also has some customization options available before you start recording. The slider adjusts the amount of offset between the neon outline and your likeness. You can also choose full color or grayscale for real-world video recording, with the virtual neon lines appearing in color in both modes.
Unlike most full-body lenses, this one doesn’t require you to have your entire body in view, but it certainly works better that way.
Test your yoga skills
Our latest example of full body tracking, courtesy of fitness super brand Nike, is a gaming experience.
The Nike Yoga Snapchat Lens challenges you to hold three yoga poses for 10 seconds. A silhouette over the camera view shows you the position to hold.
You score points for as long as you can hold each pose, with the full-body tracking recognizing if your form is correct. (My highest score was 34.)
Go with the beat
Finally, Full Body Edit is also ideal for adding special augmented reality effects to your dance moves.
What sets it apart from the Star Burst and Neon Line is that instead of generating AR effects based on your body and its movements, Full Body Edit puts specific line patterns over your body parts. Yellow starbursts emerge from your head and hands, while pink and purple halos surround your hips and knees, respectively.
In the examples above, I’m clearly calling it on the left, but the images provided by the developer on the right show what’s possible if you have better movements than me.