Disney researchers’ new project is essentially like a real-life Snapchat filter

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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.

It’s a project created by Disney researchers. Unlike current facial projection mapping technology, Disney researchers say this is the first method that doesn’t require any physical tracking markers on the face.

The augmentation effects can keep up with facial movements pretty closely, compared to other methods. That’s because scientists managed to reduce latency—the small time delay that causes the projection and the face to be out of synch—throughout every step of the process, from image capture, to processing, and projection.

They say this method could advance the application of projection mapping in fields such as entertainment and advertising.