What are you up to on this fine Sunday? Not much? Perfect! We’ve got just the thing for you. It’s a little weird, but you’re down for that, right? FaceSubstitute is a new program that allows you to try on someone else’s face. Want to make fun of the Bieber after the week he’s had? Put his face on, grab some eggs (and probably some booze too) and have a good chuckle at his expense. Or maybe you think you’ve got a regal profile and you want to try on the queen’s visage. Or maybe you were always more of a Clooney kind of guy.
With FaceSubstitute, becoming someone else is easy. All you have to do is open a web browser and give the program permission to use your webcam. It’ll map out your face and basic features, and then you pick a person from a list that includes Walter White, Kim Kardashian, Clooney, Bieber, Chuck Norris, Obama, the Queen, Audrey Hepburn, and the Mona Lisa among others, and press start. It’s pretty weird, but definitely awesome. And if you want to make yourself look all creepy and distorted, you can choose “abstract” and then try to forget it’s possible for you or anyone else to look like that.
The app was created by Audun Mathias Øygard, a developer and artist based in Oslo. Apparently he found a productive way to pass the cold winter days and nights in Norway. His Twitter stream is full of kudos for the app, as well as some suggestions, such as adding wigs. I have to second that one. Øygard got the idea from a video posted to vimeo by Kyle McDonald and Arturo Castro, who used the FaceTracker library to develop a downloadable app that demonstrates similar but even better face-substituting/blending capabilities.
Ready to give it a go? Here’s the link. Happy Sunday.