e’ve all been there, when we’re out on a walk and see an adorable dog and want to know what the breed is, but feel nervous asking the owner. Now, you can whip out your smartphone and find out a dog’s breed with Snapchat.
At the company’s recent Partner Summit, Snap revealed new smart features coming to the app’s camera function, including a new Scan feature. If you open up the app, and “press and hold” on the camera screen, helpful Lenses will unlock based on what the camera sees in front of it.
The Dog Scanner function means the camera is now able to recognise almost 400 breeds, whilst PlantSnap can identify 90 per cent of plants and trees.
According to Carolina Arguellas, product marketing for Camera at Snap, you can even turn the feature on yourself to find out what dog you most resemble, akin to an Instagram filter. “I’m a Corgi and proud — short, stout, and very regal,” she said.
Snap’s camera isn’t the only smart camera that allows you to work out what breed a dog is.
Google’s Lens technology, which brings cool AI features to your smartphone camera, also allows you to snap a shot of a dog before drawing on Google Search to identify the breed and tell you a little more about the history of the pooch.
Snapchat has a host of new features coming to its camera as part of Scan. Look out for integration later this year with the app Yuka which will allow you to scan a packaged food item and see a rating on the quality of the ingredients.
Brands are also going to be getting in on the action, with Louis Vuitton one of the first ones to sign up. Soon you will be able to scan the LV monogram to get an inside look at the inspiration behind the new collection.
Is this the best Snapchat hack yet? How you can find out the breed of ANY dog simply by scanning it with your camera
A TikTok user has revealed a little-known Snapchat feature that detects the breed of any dog.
Ambre shared the handy video on January 25 and its since been viewed more than 88,000 times.
[A] phone hack I guarantee you didnt know! Have you ever tried this on your dog? she wrote online.
The trick involves opening the Snapchat app and holding your finger on the screen while pointing the phone at the dog which will trigger a scanning function.
The trick involves opening the phone app and holding your finger on the screen while pointing the phone at the dog
After a few seconds the device will identify the breed and the overall match percentage.
In the video Ambre showed how the app works and it identified her pet dog as a English pointer with a 62 per cent match, meaning the dog is likely a mixed breed.
The same scanner can also be used to detect different types of flowers and plants, but cannot identify cats.
After a few seconds the device will identify the breed and the overall percentage match
After sharing the hack on social media, others were surprised they werent aware of the unique feature.
It was 100 per cent accurate with all my dogs, one TikTok user said.
This literally blew my mind! another said, a third added: Omg I have to do this.
Some said they had difficulty getting their dog to sit still for a short period of time, resulting in a false result.
Snapchats innovation in AR has helped the company keep its creative edge, even as companies like Facebook continually try to copy it. The biggest trouble with Snapchats AR products is keeping track of all the things the app can do in a sometimes difficult to navigate lens ecosystem. But with a new voice search feature and a souped up Activity Bar, also announced Thursday, Snaps working on that, too.
Now, if you point the camera at a particularly Good Boy you see, you can access a lens that tells you what breed the dog is, using the data and A.I. of Dog Scanner, which recognizes nearly 400 dog breeds (my dog would get 100 percent purebred mutt). And if you focus your lens on a tree, bush or bud that catches your eye, youll be able to identify 90 percent of known plants and trees with the PlantSnap integration.
Plus, more categories are coming soon. An upcoming integration with the food and cosmetics scanning app Yuka will let Snapchatters unlock nutrition facts when they point and hold the camera at a food item. Snap already lets you point and hold to identify a song through Shazam, solve math problems with Photomath, and identify (and shop for) products sold on Amazon.
Snap announced new partnerships on Thursday with the apps Dog Scanner and PlantSnap that will allow Snapchat users to do just that. Snapchatters can identify dogs or plants they encounter in the real world by scanning them right in Snapchat.
Have you ever seen a dog so adorable or a plant so lush out in the wild that you had to know what it was right then and there?
If the wildly popular dog filter hasnt given you enough puppy-related content on Snapchat, youll soon be able to use the app to identify the breeds of dogs you encounter offline.
Snap says the additions to Scan — including Dog Scanner, PlantSnap, and Nutrition Scanner, and various brand experiences — will be made available to users later this year.
Snap has debuted new partners for Scan, its feature that lets users gather more information on real-life objects just by pointing the apps camera at them. Now, Snapchat users will be able to use the feature to identify breeds of dogs, species of plants and trees, and nutritional facts about packaged food.
Snapchats Scan objection-recognition feature debuted in 2019 at Snaps Partner Summit, the invite-only event the company launched just last year to compete with annual developer conferences from tech giants like Facebook, Apple, and Google. This years Snap Partner Summit — which took place on June 11 — was forced to go virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Users can access dancing figures and animations when they point their phone at a flat surface or a piece of pizza, and also harness the technology for more useful tasks — like identifying a song playing using Shazam, recognizing real-life items to buy on Amazon, and even solving math equations on homework.
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