Snapchat Now Supporting Multiplayer AR Games
Snap announced new AR features for Snapchat and lens Studio at the in-house developer conference SPS 2021.
The biggest announcement last week was the first fourth-generation Spectacles which are Snap’s first AR glasses. The new generation Spectacles feature built-in AR displays and were designed for AR developers. It is not being sold to end-users as the technology is still experimental.
The Connected Lenses now follow Snapchat’s landmark lenses which decorate landmarks with augmented reality, and local lenses which allow Snapchat users to permanently leave digital traces in real places. This new type of ‘multiplayer’ Snapchat lens allows for location-independent shared augmented reality experiences.
Snap demonstrated the technology using a Lego game as an example. Snapchat users can assemble a Lego model together in real-time even if the users are not in the same location. This video shows how this works: –
The Camera is Now Capable of 3D Body Tracking
The Connected Lenses will soon be available to developers in Snap’s AR editing program Lens Studio. Other new studio features include Cloth Simulation and 3D Body Mesh. Thanks to the latter, bodies are now recorded spatially instead of two-dimensionally which allows for a more realistic simulation of virtual clothing.
Snap has also donated a visual effects editor to Lens Studio that allows developers to add fire, snow, and such without any programming knowledge.
Also new is audio support for the SnapML AI interface, a lens analysis tool that can be used to evaluate user behavior and the integration of the scan function in Lens Studio.
Snap Scan Comes to the Fore
Snapchat’s scan feature analyzes the immediate surroundings using the smartphone camera and suggests suitable lenses from the app’s own AR filter library. The function moves to the foreground and is now part of the main camera screen.
The scan feature is now able to easily identify specific products and suggest similar items or set appropriate camera modes, lenses as well as soundtracks based on what the camera detects.
Lastly, Snap also announced a partnership with Prada and Farfetch for AR try-on and new business solutions for companies. Additional information is available on the official news page.