Infographic: How Augmented Reality has changed selfies forever

August 3, 2018

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Augmented reality is changing how we see the world around us, but it’s also changing the way we see ourselves. Rolled out in 2015, Snapchat’s debut camera filters completely changed the game for selfies. The memorable “rainbow barfing” filter uses facial mapping technology to pinpoint key features, like the eyes and nose, to produce a unique overlay. The response was explosive and from there countless filters have come and gone, with many fan favorites on regular rotation.  

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The productisation of music rights

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The crowd still matters for live sports broadcasting

Article | June 17, 2021

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