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Snapchat has started rolling out its TrueDepth selfie lenses

Snapchat has started rolling out its TrueDepth selfie lenses

Snapchat is one of the first major apps to combine TrueDepth facial information since iPhone X launched in November.

Apple's TrueDepth innovation for the iPhone X selfie camera ventures 30,000 infrared dots on users face.

It's worth remembering that, though the TrueDepth camera is used in both this case and for Face ID, there are different layers of security at work. As per the claims made by Snapchat, the lenses will help to reflect the surrounding light in a more realistic manner.

It is wise to note that developers (like Snapchat) will only get visual facial mapping data and not the Face ID data that is used to authenticate or unlock your iPhone X. It's using this facial data that they are able to accurately animate both Animoji and these new Snapchat Lenses.

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So far there are just three lenses that use this new technology, with more likely to appear in the future in the same way regular lenses crop up. The masks do a decent job covering up your glasses (if that's what you want), but you're out of luck if you want your glasses on top of them (we tried).

Long-press on the center of the screen to bring up the lenses and filters view. This aids Snapchat Lenses to highlight the photographer and the mask with better clarity. Correspondingly, over 180 million global people use Snapchat every day to chat, play, share and capture some pictures, too. Snapchat showed off how the developers of such popular applications can make use of new technologies.

There are only three of them available right now and although the advanced face-mapping is pretty sick - the lenses look like they're actually stuck on your skin - it's by no means a killer new feature that'll convince me, or the droves of users and celebrities who've openly abandoned Snapchat for Instagram, to return.

Snapchat's regular face filters are already incredibly accurate. Apple also says it bans developers from creating profiles of otherwise anonymous users by using identifying facial capture information.

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