Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
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Snapchat introduces iPhone X-exclusive Lenses with TrueDepth-Enhanced AR

Snapchat introduces iPhone X-exclusive Lenses with TrueDepth-Enhanced AR

The masks do a decent job covering up your glasses (if that's what you want), but you're out of luck if you want your glasses on top of them (we tried). The TrueDepth Camera uses company's own Facial Recognition technology which records your facial expressions and will work accordingly.

The new masks include a Mardi Gras mask, a Day of the Dead-style face paint with a matching headdress as well as a shimmering masquerade eye cover. Apple's unlock system for the iPhone X - which is also shared as the biometric security for things like Apple Pay - taps into the Secure Enclave, with the image data of the registered face encrypted.

The lenses were first demonstrated by Craig Federighi past year, when the iPhone X was announced.

These TrueDepth-powered masks were first demoed by Craig Federighi at the iPhone X announcement event in September 2017. For now, iPhone X's TrueDepth front-facing sensor is the only camera that can support this Snapchat feature. The company claims that its lenses should reflect the surrounding light more realistically as well it will let TrueDepth camera blur the background by accurately applying small details and 3D objects.

As soon as you open the app and focus the camera on your face, the lenses will automatically stick to your face with respect to the jawline area.


Basically, the new lenses are AR Mask for the iPhone X and these lenses are compatible to work with the full face of the users.

Like the other two, you can see the slick lighting effects on both the mask and the crown, but this lens also showcases the face-mapping tech's limitations.

Snapchat has been working on this feature for a few months to get it ready, and it's finally here.

There have been questions in the past about how much of the data from facial mapping app developers have access to, but Apple is stating that there won't be access to the Face ID information that can identify the user, just the advanced facial mapping that allows for new features like this.

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