Samsung just announced a new chip dubbed Exynos 9 Series 9810 for its upcoming smartphone models that sports what the company is calling “realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when unlocking a device with one’s face.”
Mapping your face for Animoji is a pretty cool use for the iPhone X front-facing TrueDepth camera, but making your face disappear completely? That’s creepy, a little cool, and exactly what app developer Kazuya Noshiro did. He made an app that cuts out your face while leaving your eyes and mouth behind. It tracks your face in real time so whatever is behind you is always visible, and it’s pretty impressive if not a little unsettling. He hasn’t released his app, but you can see it in action on his Twitter feed.
— のしぷ (@noshipu) December 27, 2017
Yesterday it was Rainbrow, and today it’s Nose Zone, the latest game to take advantage of the iPhone X’s facial tracking. In Nose Zone you point your nose to control an onscreen dot’s movement to destroy boxes. The more boxes you zap before time runs out the higher your score. It’s easy to learn and taught me just how bad I am at aiming with my nose. Nose Zone is a free download at Apple’s App Store.
Nathan Gitter has the coolest use for the iPhone X facial scanning camera outside of Animoji and it’s called Rainbrow. That’s a new game where your eyebrows literally control how you move an emoji up and down the screen to collect stars. You have to avoid objects like cars and eight balls while trying to beat your previous high scores. You move by raising or lowering your eyebrows, and we found the game works much better when you aren’t wearing glasses. It’s simple to learn and is challenging enough to keep your interest, plus you get great looks from people who have no idea why you’re making faces at your iPhone. Rainbrow is a free download at Apple’s App Store.
Aside from ARKit, another API that Apple released to developers this summer is a Vision API which can “identify faces, detect features, and classify scenes in images and video.”