Snapchat launches Snappables - a new form of Lenses with AR

Technology       by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

These new lenses will allow people to do such things like add friends to a rock band, challenge them to an emoji dance off or even play basketball. Depending on the game, users will employ touch, motion and facial expressions to control Snappables. Not only that, new Lenses are coming to the multimedia messaging app as well. According to the company, Snappables will have a special goal in the upcoming augmented reality games. There will be a few to start and new games will be released every single week. Snapchat members simply choose the game they want to play, "get their game faces on" (nice pun, Snap!), and invite friends and family to compete.

Other Snappables are more game-like. Although not shown in the clip, some AR games can be controlled using traditional touch gestures. A video sent to VentureBeat by a Snap spokesperson showed off a game where users had to open their mouth to "catch" eggs that were augmented onto the Snap screen. The games were included in the Lenses as well and the new Snappables feature could actually bring a more polished version of the previous games. Another game involves blowing kisses, while another one looks like a bubble gum popping contest. The company claims that these Snappables are the first shared AR experiences on Snapchat. Check it out below.

Snappables live right where Lenses do.

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Snappables will begin rolling out to Snapchatters globally this week on iOS and Android.

A Snap spokesperson did not respond to a question about whether or not developers are now able to create Snappable filters, or when they will be able to do so.

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