The FaceFries App Converts Facial Photos into 3D Avatars That Can Talk

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Mar 24, 2014
References: faceco.co & sfu
FaceFries is an app that converts photographs of people's faces into animated 3D avatars. Available for free, the app uses advanced image processing, animation technology and even psychological models of personality and emotion to create realistic human avatars for use on social media mobile applications.

FaceFries can use photos stored on a smartphone, downloaded from the Internet or taken with the smartphones camera. Once a photo is taken, users can make the avatar even more life-like by recording a message that the avatar can repeat. Users can simply speak a message into their phone's microphone and watch as the avatar repeats the message, moving its 3D face in a realistic manner.

FaceFries was launched by Steve DiPaola and Liane Gabora, professors at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.