Although the update sounds similar to the app’s existing, location-based geofilters, it instead relies on the object-recognition patent Snap was granted in July. Like Snapchat’s regular filters, you can bet brands will use the new graphics to crank out ads for their products. If Snap has its way, a pic of a cup of coffee could serve up a coupon for the store it was taken at (as detailed in its patent filing). And, a visit to a restaurant could unlock graphics of its menu. Of course, that would mean more money in Snap’s coffers, which it needs a lot more of if it wants to see a profit.


Another very 2017 news story..