Google AR Effects
Source:Tech Crunch

Google AR Effects will now be available for YouTube stories, enabling users to add graphics to their stories.

The “Story” feature took the Social Media world to the next level of popularity. Snapchat and Instagram were the pioneers of this feature. Now, the Story feature has been added to WhatsApp and Facebook as well. Recently, the feature was added to YouTube too.

It was last year that YouTube added this feature to it’s platform as well. Now, to make it unique, the app has added Google AR Effects to it too.

“To make all this possible, we employ machine learning (ML) to infer approximate 3D surface geometry to enable visual effects, requiring only a single camera input without the need for a dedicated depth sensor. This approach provides the use of AR effects at realtime speeds, using TensorFlow Lite for mobile CPU inference or its new mobile GPU functionality where available. This technology is the same as what powers YouTube Stories’ new creator effects, and is also available to the broader developer community via the latest ARCore SDK release and the ML Kit Face Contour Detection API.” Artsiom Ablavatski and Ivan Grishchenko, Research Engineers, Google Artificial Intelligence (AI), mentioned in a blog post on Friday.

YouTube Stories hasn’t been rolled out to everyone. Therefore, it is yet to be seen how exactly will the Google’s new AR effects change Stories. Google says that it will enable one to add animated masks, glasses, 3D hats and more to their selfies.



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