This Guy Used A Simple Trick To Figure Out Snapchat's Big Announcement A Day Early

Tomorrow's big announcement... today?

Snapchat appears to be working on a global augmented reality art platform.

On Monday, the company posted a 24-hour countdown timer on the website that previewed what appeared to be a big upcoming announcement.

here we go again

But Twitter employee Jonah Grant set his computer's clock into the future....

@dcarr622 @samsheffer living in the future

And the site went live for him:

@samsheffer I wish startups would learn to start guarding against client-side date setting

The site Grant found appeared to display locations where Snapchat users could view what appears to be Jeff Koons artworks in augmented reality, using their phones.

Jonah Grant

A video on the site, since made inaccessible there, showed more detail:

Here's a link to the full video on Twitter.

The site Grant found showed the AR art in Paris:

Jonah Grant

And Sydney:

Jonah Grant

And other locations:

Jonah Grant

The site also had a sign up form for artists interested in working with Snap:

Jonah Grant

Asked to comment by BuzzFeed News, Snapchat declined. Given a chance to dispute the authenticity of the images, Snapchat also declined.

In April, Facebook, which has released a number of features and products that strongly resemble Snapchat, teased an art project for its camera platform that also combines art and augmented reality.



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