Snapchat’s new ‘Time Machine’ filter lets you change your age to appear older or younger in selfie videos – in challenge to Russian rival FaceApp
- The feature works as a slider, making faces appear older or younger
- Snap will be hoping to replicate the success of its gender swap Lens
- More than 70% of its users play with or view Lenses every day
Snapchat is aiming to lure more users on to its photo-sharing app with a new ‘Lens’ that allows people to change their age in selfie videos.
The Time Machine feature works as a slider, making faces appear younger at one end and older in the opposite direction.
The Lens, developed by Snap’s in-house team of designers, works using machine learning and training models to transform the Snapchatter’s hair, face, and features.
Time Machine lets you change the appearance of your age by dragging a simple slider across your screen, going from young to old in less than a second
Snap will be hoping to replicate the success of previous filters such as gender swap – which became popular after a number of celebrities shared their own results on social media.
Pop star Miley Cyrus, 26, was one of the first to tweet the results when she tried out the feature.
‘Ummm why did Snapchat turn me into @joejonas ??? It’s our brows?’ she wrote.
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Reality star Scarlett Moffatt, 29, cut a very handsome figure as a man when she tried the filter, with her pearly white teeth and designer stubble.
Meanwhile, England cricket captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root uploaded a photo collage of six of the batsmen, accompanied with the caption: ‘Guess Who?’
Several of England’s cricket stars took part in the gender swap filter on Snapchat 1 – Joe Root, 2- Jason Roy, 3 – Eoin Morgan, 4 – Mark Wood, 5 – Ben Stokes and 6 – Chris Woakes
Snapchat claims that more than 70% of its users play with or view Lenses every day to transform the way they look.
In October, the company reported that it had added another seven million daily active users in its latest quarter, while losses narrowed.
It managed to attract 210 million daily active users in the three months to the end of September, up 13% year-over-year.
The company continued to operate at a net loss, but edged a step closer to profitability, with losses shrinking to 227.3 million dollars (£176.5 million) during this period, compared with 255.2 million dollars (£198.1 million) the three months before.
Paul Rudd was one of the celebrities to share an ‘aged’ photo of himself earlier this year, created using FaceApp
Snapchat’s new Time Machine lens is reminiscent of a feature offered by rival image augmentation app FaceApp, which went viral earlier this year.
Once again, celebrities including Lady Gaga, Gisele and Kendall Jenner jumped on the bandwaggon, revealing what they will look like when they’re old and wrinkly.
However, some online privacy experts raised concerns that the app, which is developed by Russian company Wireless Lab, could be accessing and storing users’ images without their permission.
HOW TO USE THE NEW ‘TIME MACHINE’ LENS
- 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 camera
- Once you’ve centred 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 the shutter button to capture the Snap
- You can then choose to export or save your video