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TikTok's new AR filter uses the LiDAR camera of the iPhone 12 Pro

By Cookie Monster - on 8 Jan 2021, 12:00am

TikTok's new AR filter uses the LiDAR camera of the iPhone 12 Pro

Screenshot taken from @TikTokComms.

TikTok's latest AR effect utilises the iPhone 12 Pro's LiDAR camera. 

Announced via a tweet, TikTok says the AR effect is the first to use LiDAR technology on the iPhone 12 Pro. The AR effect shows a virtual disco ball with a countdown timer and a "2021" sign will pop up once the timer hits zero. In addition, the person and his/her surroundings will be covered in virtual confetti. The virtual confetti actually stays on the real-life surfaces, which make the AR effect more realistic. 

TikTok says it will be developing more innovative effects this year. The company is not alone in this space; Snapchat allowed users to create their own AR filters using the iPhone 12's LiDAR camera in October 2020.

Source: @TikTokComms via The Verge