Snapchat Secretly Acquires Startup for Taking 3D Selfies (Report)

Seene allows users to take 3D pictures with their smartphones

Snapchat has secretly acquired Seene, a startup that allows users to snap 3D photographs.

According to TechCrunch, this acquisition happened a few months ago. Snapchat could use Seene’s app for new selfie lenses, a new 3D photo format or future virtual reality projects.

CTO and co-founder Sam Hare runs Seene’s engineering team, which is split between San Francisco and London. However, the team will relocate to Los Angeles, where Snapchat’s headquarters are located.

TechCrunch said that the price of the acquisition was a low cash-and-share deal.

According to Business Insider, Seene allows users to take a 3D image of whatever they point at with their smartphone. The resulting 3D still moves when users tilt their phone or swipe with their fingers.

Snapchat was making headlines earlier this month with their “X-Men: Apocalypse” filters, alongside the film’s release.

The first-ever lens takeover allowed Snapchatters to transform into their favorite mutants for the next 24 hours.

The promotion also included the first-ever movie ticketing ad unit on Snapchat, allowing users to purchase tickets to “Apocalypse” through May 26 by swiping up on the ad.

Snapchat and Seene have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.