Wear someone else’s face with the Face Stealer App for iPhone

TOKYO —

Yahoo Japan has released Face Stealer, an AR app (App Store – Free) which makes your face look like someone else’s.

The iPhone app can generate a mask from a photo of basically anything with a face, such as an animal, celebrity, or comic character, and show it superimposed on live video of your face. Yahoo Japan has also developed a library which is used to analyze and reflect expressions and head movements in real time.

The resulting video or photo can then be shared via Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

“This app includes various masks, including dogs, as defaults. You can also make masks yourself. You choose a photo of a face you like, and edit the contour and so on to make a mask.”

“The app tracks facial feature points, like this. It captures the movements of these feature points, in synch with the motion of your mouth and eyebrows. So it can change how your face looks by synthesizing the mask picture accordingly. A feature of this application is that it tracks in real time, even on a smartphone. We think there aren’t many apps that can track facial feature points using just the processing power of a smartphone.”

“This can track your face even if you vary the angle a lot. It even tracks unusual expressions, so it’s fun to make all sorts of expressions with your mouth.”

You can also take a picture of somebody who’s with you, and use that as a mask. The eyes, mouth, and outline in the picture you’ve taken are detected automatically. If the facial feature points are misaligned, you can fine-tune them to make the mask.
Yahoo Japan is considering developing a chat application featuring this ability to make faces anonymous.

“We think Face Stealer could be used to talk easily with your face hidden. For example, a man could join in video chat using a pretty woman’s face. This feature could be used in streaming too, so you could communicate your facial expression on a video broadcast, without having to show your actual face.”

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  • 1

    bass4funk

    Technology is starting to get a little scary these days. Possibilities are virtually endless.

  • -1

    LostinNagoya

    Wait and see when 3D printers ger affordable. It will the ultimate revolution, for good or for bad.

  • 1

    Ewan Huzarmy

    Yahoo Japan is considering developing a chat application featuring this ability to make faces anonymous

    Great ,don't we have enough problems with face-hiding, mask wearing social inadequates ?

    For example, a man could join in video chat using a pretty woman’s face

    Notice how in the video, he said an 'ojisan'....... shudder, I can imagine this will also be a big hit with internet pervs.

  • 0

    Kent Mcgraw

    Do I see the advent of Mission Impossible masks?

  • 3

    Tahoochi

    Agree with many posters above. It's technologies like this that can be questionable because they can be easily used for bad purposes.

  • 0

    Tahoochi

    Follow-up: I actually downloaded and installed this app yesterday to see what it's all about.... and deleted it the same day after realizing it's pretty much useless!

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