What's the most fun you've had with your web cam recently? There's not a whole lot you can do with your computer's camera outside of Skyping Grandma and taking pictures with birdies over your head in Photo Booth (that's actually pretty fun, though).
Anyway, thanks to creative coder Audun Mathias Øygard, we have an entirely new desktop diversion, equal parts eerie and entertaining. With Øygard's "face substitution" demo you can try on over a dozen famous faces, from Walter White and Mona Lisa to Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian.
Face Swap Live™ lets you switch faces with a friend or a photo in real-time.
Record videos or photos of yourself swapping faces with a celebrity, friend or any fun picture from the internet or your phone.
Face Plus requires a Unity Pro license, version 4.2.x - 4.8.x.
The "Terminator" one made me look like a bruised up character from the original N64-era ; the Nic Cage face, to my eyes, actually had more of an Abraham Lincoln look, but that could just be because I'm intimately familiar with every facial expression the real Nic Cage has ever made.
You can see a white hotel in the background (Jurys Inn).
Because we swap our camera feeds around from time to time, you may not see the precise views shown above.
Sean Connery, I thought, was pretty damn convincing, and I silently enjoyed watching myself wear the old Scot's mug -- my i Mac transformed into a mad, mesmerising mirror -- while my coworkers toiled on around me wearing no countenance but their own.Øygard's isn't the first face-substituting effort, citing a project by artists Kyle Mc Donald and Arturo Castro as inspiration.
But its real-time operation is pretty impressive (it relies on Web GL and works best in Chrome).