Snap has updated its Lens Studio platform so that artists and developers can create custom lenses – the company’s term for AR experiences – that leverage full body tracking. The manufacturer Snapchat has created two templates, Triggers Full Body and Attachments Full Body, that can create different effects based on what the user is doing inside the frame. As an instructional video explains, these include toggling virtual objects, playing short pieces of animation, and blasting particles. Previously, developers could use a Skeleton template to trace eight dots on the upper body. The new models, meanwhile, can monitor 18 points, including the user’s knees and feet.
There is a notable application for these new developer tools: video dancing. The genre has always been popular on various social platforms including YouTube and Instagram. However, the monumental rise of TikTok and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – which has forced many people to stay indoors and find new ways to have fun – have encouraged people to create even more bodily clips. It is therefore not surprising that Snapchat wants to support the trend with new tools from artists and developers. If you do not want to download and learn Lens Studio, do not be afraid: Snapchat has already released four Created Lenses – Star Burst, Be You, Alone and Be Happy – that you can try now in the app.