Selfie digital avatar: Machine creates creepy online double (VIDEO).

Take Your Selfies and Turn Them Into Creepily Realistic Digital Avatars (Video)

Take Your Selfies and Turn Them Into Creepily Realistic Digital Avatars (Video)

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Aug. 22 2015 7:59 AM

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Give this program some selfies, and it will make you a creepily realistic digital double.

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Courtesy of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Developers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have invented a system that uses a smartphone to map a person’s face and create a dynamic, digital avatar. A user takes photos of different angles of their face and then records a short video of their facial expressions to create a digital double that could be used in a variety of environments, like gaming or virtual reality meetings. It can yawn, smile, and frown realistically, and even accurately detail the wrinkles on skin.

Update, Nov. 28, 2016: This video has been removed pending the resolution of a licensing claim.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.