Mashable: You can now be a cat in Google Meet calls . “Google has integrated a bunch of new filters and masks into Meet, making it a bit more like Google Duo (which Meet is replacing anyways) and very much like the Snap Camera app on Zoom. These include new, animated backgrounds such as an undersea environment with bubbles and jellyfish swimming around (additions to the three launched in April), as well as changing your head into the head of a cat, elephant, dinosaur, and more.”
The Atlantic: It’s Cool to Look Terrifying on Pandemic Instagram. “I am alone in my apartment, as always, and I’ve just replaced my left eyeball with an orange springing out of its peel. A mile away, a friend, also home alone, is taking her seat—every seat, actually—at the table in The Last Supper, yelling as the camera pans down the row of disciples and her face replaces that of one man after another. Another friend is watching a mouse dressed as the Pope dance across her kitchen floor. A third is smiling while a strange man wraps his arms around his throat.”
Gizmodo: Clever Browser Tool Erases People From Live Webcam Feeds in Real Time. “An extra post-it note is all you really need to prevent someone from spying on you through a laptop’s built-in webcam. But Jason Mayes apparently likes to do things the hard way: He’s developed an AI-powered tool for browsers that can erase people from live webcam feeds in real-time but leave everything else in the shot.” It’s not perfect, but even imperfect it’s pretty damn impressive.
Tubefilter: YouTube’s ‘Stories’ Feature Adds AR Selfie Filters, Like Snapchat Lenses. “YouTube is going full-blown Snapchat. After launching its own version of the Stories format in Nov. 2017, YouTube has now integrated AR effects — familiarly known to Snapchat users as Lenses — enabling users to adorn themselves with real-time selfie filters. In a blog post, Google confirmed that YouTube users would now be able to sport digitally animated masks, glasses, hats, and more.”
The Verge: Snapchat’s Cat Lenses let you take even more ridiculous pictures of your pet. “If you’ve ever wanted to take a really goofy picture with your cat, Snapchat has rolled out a new update that will help you with that. The company has released a new feature called Cat Lenses, which lets you add filters to your favorite feline’s face.” Pretty sure my cat would punch me.
CNET: Instagram brings face filters to live video. “On Thursday, the Facebook-owned photo site said it’s bringing face filters, which superimpose digital graphics like sunglasses or a dog nose on your face, to its live video feature. The filters were already available for photos and Instagram Stories, which lets people post strings of videos and photos that disappear after 24 hours.”
Quartz: Disney researchers’ new project is essentially like a real-life Snapchat filter. “When you look at the video above, you’re not looking at a video filter like those you can find on Snapchat. What you see is animation projected onto moving faces. This technological breakthrough can alter your appearance in real time.”