I use Snapchat and that has a feature to create your Avatar using Bitmoji. But, I don't like the way it looks and I am sure many of you would agree with me. Now that we have Ready Play Me Avatars, I wanted to see how that would look in AR. So, I tried various features with that and the one that I loved the most was the full-body tracking.
So this blog is about how you can import your Ready Player Me Avatar to Snapchat’s Lens Studio and add full-body tracking to it.
Make sure that you have the following prerequisite done before continuing to the next section:
On the Ready Player Me website, you will be allowed to download the .glb file. You can either download that and convert it to .fbx format using any modelling software like Blender. But, if you are not familiar with that then, the easiest option we have is to link the Avatar to VR Chat which will allow us to download the .fbx file directly. So,
To have a good AR full-body tracking experience we need a good API and Snapchat has exactly that. The other thing that makes this development easier is that the Ready Player Me Avatar model comes with a full-body rig and with a single click this rig can be set up for AR. All we have to do is add the full-body tracking component, add the Avatar and assign the parts. So, within 5 minutes you would have created an AR version of your Avatar. Ready to see how that’s done?
Lens Studio allows you to record the videos in two ways :
💡 Snapchat Lenses are AR experiences that transform the way you look and the world around you! You can use Lenses to create Snaps with 3D effects, objects, characters, and transformations.
Now, to share the Lens with your friends you will have to publish the lens. To do that,
Open the Snapchat app on your mobile device and scan the image below to try out my Avatar.
You can try many more things like creating a miniature avatar that copies your movements or maybe if you are a dancer you can have two of your avatars follow your moves behind you. You can even have more than 2 avatars and ask your friend to join as well.
If you've enjoyed the insights shared here, why not spread the word? Share the post with your friends and colleagues who might also find it valuable.
Your support means the world to us and helps us create more content you'll love.