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This article was published on September 19, 2011

    Realtime face cloning technology? It’s freaky.

    Realtime face cloning technology? It’s freaky.
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    In the future, you may be walking down the street and not know what’s real and what’s not. You see beautiful people that all look like celebrities. But then the light catches his face just right, and you realize it’s just a projection. It’s 3D make up. It’s a digital face tattoo. It’s Cirque de Soleil 2.0. It’s scary, but it’s so cool.

    Artist Arturo Castro made this amazingly, freakish video titled “Faces.” He calls it realtime face substitution and writes that it’s made with Kyle McDonald’s ofxFacetracker + Jason Saragih’s facetracker library, a C/C++ API for real time generic non-rigid face alignment and tracking.

    Castro also used the image clone code​ of Kevin Atkinson, a coder at Weta Digital. “I imagine you could grab a face from another camera, and hence steal someone else’s face in real time,” says Atkinson. Castro says that idea was the very inspiration for his project. He also says that at this time cartoon faces don’t work so well. Just real people’s faces.

    Watch the video here.

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