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Voice-Powered AR Shopping From Snapchat And New Balance

Using Snapchat lenses and integrating it with voice capabilities, users will be able to access a tailor-made shopping experience

Snapchat has teamed up with New Balance to integrate a voice-powered augmented reality that will help users with their shopping and gifting needs over the festive period.

By partnering up with New Balance and integrating VoiceML, voice prompts will guide users in discovering new and relevant products. The Balance lens will prompt the user into answering questions and then, rather than typing the user answers these questions using their voice. The results will then come back and offer a product suggestion. Depending on how the questions are answered this could lead to finding yourself a new product or even a gift for someone else.

This means that app users will have an extra helper this festive season when it comes to finding that perfect gift. SocialMediaToday shared a statement from Snapchat which noted that, “Once questions are answered, Snapchatters will have the ability to unveil the product recommendation with a unique unboxing experience”.

Snapchat’s AR future

Snapchat has already invested heavily in its AR capabilities, partnering with big-name brands such as Amazon to give users the chance to try items before they buy them. Disney also recently teamed up with the social app to use its lens features to promote the new Avatar movie. Snapchat is home to millions of users, so using the platform to integrate a more immersive and tailor-made advertisement experience seems like a perfect fit.

The app is expected to only be live in the US but will be accessible through December via the Lens Carousel.

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Paige Cook is a writer with a multi-media background. She has experience covering video games and technology and also has freelance experience in video editing, graphic design, and photography. Paige is a massive fan of the movie industry and loves a good TV show, if she is not watching something interesting then she's probably playing video games or buried in a good book. Her latest addiction is virtual photography and currently spends far too much time taking pretty pictures in games rather than actually finishing them.

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