Snapchat’s new 3D Paint feature lets you draw in AR

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Credit: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/13/snapchat-update-redesign-users-sign-petition-undo-new-change-back

Snapchat has launched a new 3D Paint feature that lets you draw in AR. The feature allows you to draw in augmented reality. It can be used to draw your own face by simply using your phone’s front-facing camera. However, you can also use Paint with your rear-facing camera, which lets you draw on objects in the environment.

You can access the 3D Paint feature by hitting the Create button in the AR Bar, and then manually draw visuals on top of your face through the selfie camera. You can also draw atop whatever you see in front of you through the main rear-facing camera.

Unfortunately, the 3D Paint feature is currently only limited to iOS, and hopefully Android users can have their turn pretty soon.

Video Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/30/20939665/snapchat-augmented-reality-drawing-lens-ar-bar

Last August Snap announced the release of Spectacles 3, which comes with a new design of its popular AR sunglasses. The sunglasses, which is billed to hit Spectacles.com site this November, will be available for $380, and features HD camera to create depth perception, as well as a sleek new design. At $380, Spectacles 3 is more expensive than its previous model, but of course, it comes with additional features that could sway the market in its favor.

While the HD camera and the sleek new design are quite appealing, especially to the fashion-conscious customers out there, the price may discourage some few ones as well. Of course, we know that patronage of Snap’s Spectacles spread across various age categories, yet high school and college students who form majority of the company’s user base may struggle to agree with that price. Spectacles 3 is a “limited edition launch,” according to Snap; and this more than explains why it is coming at a very high price. This again means the shades won’t be available for a lot of people.

Perhaps, the biggest selling point is the second camera feature that allows the shades to capture depth for the first time. The new set of 3D effects built into the spectacles possess the ability to take advantage of its new depth perception ability. This will be exclusive to Spectacles. However, Snap plans to allow third-party developers design depth effects towards the end of the year.

Spectacles 3 will be available in two colors— “carbon” (black) and “mineral,” with adjustable tips and tinted lenses for protection from the sun. The sunshades will allow you to capture photos with ease and videos by simply tapping a button on top of the glasses. Snap spectacles are quite different from Google Glass, and are also way cheaper. A pair of Google Glass went as high as $1,500 when it was first released in 2012. A lot of people probably felt that Google Glass was over hyped—and that explains one of the reasons the hardware didn’t live up to expectations.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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