Archive for April, 2015

MyIdol, Your Avatar, Playful Surveillance, & Ubiquitous Facial Recognition

MyIdol, Your Avatar, Playful Surveillance, & Ubiquitous Facial Recognition

Ever wanted to see what you’d look like with blue hair? In a bright red suit? How about pole-dancing in a panda costume? A new, free, iPhone app called “MyIdol” has captivated the likes of Conan O’Brien, Miley Cyrus, and all of my friends. The app, by Chinese company Huanshi Ltd., generates a 3-D avatar from any facial image that you enter. Based on the instructions given (which are in Chinese, although that hasn’t stopped thousands of users) you can take a selfie, input the image, and the software will begin to match vector points on your face to produce […]