Disney's Real-Time Face-Tracking Tech (Mask)

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Disney's Real-Time Face-Tracking Tech (Mask)
April 25, 2017

Disney Research has recently developed new improvements on facial simulation. This one is the first system for live, dynamic augmentation of human faces. In other words, it is a cyber mask.

 

The challenge with augmentation is latency—by the time an image is projected onto a face or hair is simulated on a head, the face or head has already probably moved. Disney researcher Amit Bermano and his team say that they've solved this problem by "using infrared illumination optically and [a] computationally aligned high-speed camera" that detects facial orientation as well as expression. The result is extremely fast tracking mixed it with a little computational prediction of the future.

 

Augmented reality has been on the rise, with Snap and Facebook leading the charge using gimmicky filters that can project fun graphics on your kitchen table, but are ultimately designed for use in advertising. Augmented reality also has promise for everything from fixing things in space to helping firefighters. And as creepy as some of its results may be, it's not going away.

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