How Do Snapchat And Instagram Filters Work? » Science ABC

Social media filters from Snapchat and Instagram that change a user’s facial features work using a technology called Augmented Reality.

I turned myself into a dog, a vampire, and a beauty queen with a full face of makeup today. In the space of mere seconds, I was able to transform completely, without ever lifting my head off the bed. That’s the kind of magic that Snapchat, Instagram, and other newfangled apps bring to us these days.

Snapchat filters let us add all sorts of silly things to our faces (Photo Credit : twenty20)

Filters that alter our facial features in real-time are nothing new, but they keep getting better and more realistic. However, what goes on behind the scenes of these filters? What trick of technology is actually running the show?

Where did it come from?

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