Snapchat Time Machine Lens

Snapchat’s Time Machine Lens is crazy cool but also scary

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I’m pretty sure some of you were sucked into the viral FaceApp Challenge earlier this year. Using the FaceApp mobile app, users were able to see their younger or old-age selves, or even change gender! 

The magic of the app is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and I must admit, it’s pretty ingenius.

Which brings me to this piece of news. if you’re a Snapchat user, Snapchat is introducing a fun new AR lens—Time Machine Lens.

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The lens, as its namesake, takes you backwards and forwards in time, giving you a glimpse of what you look like as a baby, or as a 60 year old.

I was given exclusive early access to the new lens and boy, is it crazy fun. But naturally, also a little scary when you see yourself 20-30 years older.

I will perhaps never understand people’s obsession of wanting to see themselves old (as well as capturing and sharing these images), but hey, it’s the internet. Let’s just face the facts.

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Using the lens is simple:

  • If you don’t already have Snapchat, download it for iOS or Android 
  • Snapchat will automatically open to the camera 
  • Open Lenses Carousel by pressing Smiley Button or tap on screen
  • Find the Time Machine lens in carousel
  • Select which direction you want the camera to shoot using the rotating arrows: Time Machine works using the front-facing and rear-facing cameras.a
  • Once you’ve centered your face in either the front-facing or rear-facing camera, tap on your screen to bring up the Lens Carousel 
  • Swipe left until you reach the Time Machine lens
  • Adjust the slider left to wind back the clock, and slide right to add on the years
  • Tap or hold Shutter to capture the Snap!
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What I like about it is the seamless transition when you slide across either way. You can snap a picture, or hold down the shutter button to capture a video.

It’s incredibly fun, so go try it out!

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