The Snap Spectacles want to conquer us with their augmented reality: they teach us to dance and encourage us to exercise
In May 2021 Snap presented its fourth generation Spectacles. These glasses were for the first time augmented reality support, being able to superimpose virtual images on the reality that one saw through them.
That was the trigger for the appearance of the so-called ‘Lenses for Spectacles’ for Spectacles, which are nothing more than applications, objects and augmented reality scenarios. The creators of these augmented reality lenses are already demonstrating what is possible to achieve, and the truth is that the applications –like the ones that teach you to dance or help you exercise in more fun ways– start to be conspicuous.
Gamifying learning and physical exercise
The possibilities of the new Spectacles with augmented reality support began to emerge in July 2021, when two developers who are also fond of dancing salsa They ended up creating an application called Dance Reality that taught precisely how to dance this type of music.
The original result, developed with Apple’s ARKit and that can be enjoyed on iOS devices, is also available in the Spectacles. One of the developers responsible for the application explained how she also used Lens Studio, the platform to create these “augmented reality glasses”, in order to be able to enjoy those dance lessons through these glasses.
That was a good example of a practical application of glasses that want to leave behind that function with which they were born – capturing photos and videos directly from the glasses, something that gave rise to a controversy about privacy – and focus on the potential of augmented reality.
Lens Studio version 3.4, which was released in May 2021, also included very striking features. With it it was possible to carry out a 3D tracking of multiple people to record their movements, but also to carry out a “body segmentation” or to propose an advanced follow-up of the hands to recognize their movements and gestures with more precision.
The updated versions do not stop arriving, in fact, and it is evident that in Snap they are working hard in gradually turning this tool into a reference for creators of augmented reality experiences.
That has led to new applications (or rather, “lenses”) that can be seen in the showcase available on Snap. It is easy, for example, to see how virtual pieces of clothing fit on a model in front of us, but that body tracking has given rise to applications for physical training and exercise, as can be seen in a recent tweet from one of the developers of these lenses.
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The solutions posed by these Spectacles of course begin to give a little more meaning to the world of augmented reality. In many cases they are very casual experiments oriented to entertainment, but those two applications of dance and physical exercise show how effectively these augmented reality glasses pose interesting use cases for these devices.