Snapchat is one of the biggest social media photo-sharing apps in the world. With over 187 million daily users, the platform offers new, inventive, and wacky ways of seeing the world around you.
Snapchat was one of the first companies to really push the use of Augmented Reality (AR). Back in September 2015, users could vomit rainbows using an AR feature called a Snapchat lens. Then in December 2017, Snapchat released their lens development tool, giving users the ability to create their own reality-warping lenses for the whole community to use.
Over 30,000 lenses were created just six weeks into the release. Now, Snapchat lenses have been viewed over a billion times, propelling the company’s growth in 2017 by $281 million, an increase of 74 percent over 2016.
With that in mind, we’re here to show you some of the best user-created lenses that are available – so let’s get stuck in at number one…
1. Abstract Shape
Marpi creates interactive installations, crafting digital creations that you can interact with in physical space. This particular lens creates a beautiful, moving shape wherever you point your phone. Unlock the lens here.
2. Flappy Bird
Released back in 2013, the original Flappy Bird was absurdly popular, and is famous for the app’s developer – Vietnamese programmer Dong Nguyen – removing it from the app store due to it being hyper-addictive. If you were one of those saddened by the app’s removal, fear not, there’s a new version that you can overlay on the world, wherever you are. Just try not to play too much, okay? Unlock the lens here.
We all need a bit of help from our friends sometimes. Keep your sleepy friends on their toes in class, using the floating revive icon. Unlock the lens here.
4. The Nest
Who doesn’t love terrifying spiders jumping at you from a dark hole? You don’t? Well, you probably won’t like this lens then. Great for terrifying your friends, but perhaps check if they have a heart condition first. Unlock the lens here.
A fully functioning elevator, with its own wonderful soundtrack! Just click your phone’s screen to open the doors and reveal… anything you want. Like this loving dog showing his owner what its favourite toy is. Unlock the lens here.
We all watched in awe as Elon Musk achieved his lifelong dream of sending his first car into space (seriously). Now, you can experience what it’s like to be in space with the Starman by entering this incredible AR portal. You can watch a video of someone entering the portal, and unlock the lens here.
There are thousands and thousands of lenses, so dive in, get creative, and – most importantly – have fun!