Last year YouTube announced that they would be introducing a new feature in the form of YouTube Stories. This would function similar to other Stories features from the likes of Snapchat and Instagram and Facebook, and unsurprisingly it seems that the feature is getting upgraded with new filters that users can take advantage of.


However according to YouTube, these won’t be just regular filters as they will actually take advantage of augmented reality (AR), or more specifically, ARCore, to help better implement the filters onto users. YouTube also boasts the use of machine learning to help apply these filters, meaning that even devices without a depth sensor, such as lower-end handsets, can still take advantage of them.

According to YouTube, “To make all this possible, we employ machine learning (ML) to infer approximate 3D surface geometry to enable visual effects, requiring only a single camera input without the need for a dedicated depth sensor. This approach provides the use of AR effects at realtime speeds, using TensorFlow Lite for mobile CPU inference or its new mobile GPU functionality where available.”

That being said, YouTube Stories are currently only available to “Creators” at the moment. This means that only those who own channels with more than 10,000 subscribers will be able to make use of the feature for now.

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