Snapchat made increased reality selfie effects famous, with Facebook copying the feature over their mobile apps. Of course, others have followed, but their face tracking applications are often faded compared to the original.
Now, Google gives Android developers the keys to add face filters to their apps. On Friday detailed Google AR features coming to Android via ARCore 1.7. The release gives a number of new features to the AR tool, but the manager among them is the new Augmented Faces API.
The API gives developers a 3D -net for the front-facing camera that tracks 468 points on the user's face. While it is far from the 30,000 points tracked by the TrueDepth camera on Apple's iPhone X series, it should be enough for the realism of virtual masks, glasses, hats, and what not.
However, not everyone is. ARCore 1.7 expands on its existing selection of animations. The latest version gives 3D models the opportunity to jump, dance, spin and move around via add-ons in Sceneform, Android's 3D content frame.
The new version also standardizes the user interface for enlarged reality experiences with ARCore Elements. To begin with, ARCore Elements is made up of common assets for planning and object manipulation, but Google plans to add more elements over time. Google has also published an app to show the new feature.
In another user experience enhancement, ARCore 1.7 also adds Share Camera Access, making it easier for users to switch between default and AR modes in an app. For example, shared camera allows users to easily take pictures of their AR experience.
"For AR experiences to capture users' fantasies, they must be both submerged and easily accessible. Using AR selfies, animation and user interface enhancement tools, ARCore version 1.7 can help with both of these goals," Google software engineer Evan Hardesty Parker in a blog post