Facebook, Israeli Researchers Develop Technology To Simulate Facial Expressions Using Single Photograph

International Business Times

Creating videos from photos is something that Apple and Google have been working on with their respective offerings such as Live Photos and Motion Photos. A new research has now suggested a way to use photos more diversely -- by creating several images from just one selfie. Researchers from Tel Aviv University, Israel, have developed a software that can automatically animate a still portrait and needs only a single frame to do that. They use what they call a "driving video" of a subject to map out facial expressions and add them to any photo. All the user needs is one input photo to create animated pictures with myriad expressions such as happiness, sadness, anger or surprise.


Evidence for iPhone 8 face-unlocking mounts, as Apple acquires facial recognition startup

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Recently, it's been speculated that Apple may forgo its Touch ID feature on the upcoming iPhone 8 in favour of facial recognition, and the company's latest acquisition seems to line up pretty neatly with this. Tel Aviv cybertech startup, Realface, has just been bought by Apple for what is estimated to be a few million dollars. The Israeli company is responsible for facial recognition software that integrates artificial intelligence, specifically for use in smart and secure login systems. The ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 featured iris scanning, and it worked pretty well, but if the iPhone 8 is to get facial recognition, it could be the next considerable step for biometric security in the major phone brands since the adoption of fingerprint scanning. Despite the convenience and coolness of facial recognition, it's still far from flawless, so Apple will have to be pretty confident with their technology if they are to implement it in future flagships.


Controversial software claims to tell personality from your face

New Scientist

Can software identify complex personality traits simply by analysing your face? Faception, a start-up based in Tel Aviv, Israel, courted controversy this week when it claimed its tech does just that. And not just broad categories such as introvert or extrovert: Faception claims it can spot terrorists, paedophiles – and brand promoters. "Using automated feature extraction is standard for face recognition and emotion recognition," says Raia Hadsell, a machine vision engineer at Google DeepMind. The controversial part is what happens next.


BIGO Brings Artificial Intelligence to Life at GITEX 2019

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O LIVE, is focusing on the innovative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to impact everyday lives in the MENA region. At GITEX 2019, BIGO will be demonstrating its use of AI-enabled processes across applications such as its facial detection and recognition system as well as its content management system to ensure high levels of quality content served to its millions of users across the region. AI is one of the mega-trends at GITEX 2019, the region's leading technology event. Under the theme, 'Synergising the mind and technology economy', the 2019 edition of the technology showcase will spotlight the wide impact of AI across every sphere, calling it'the brain at the core of all emerging technology'. Offering a suite of entertaining and interactive video applications that are popular across the MENA region, BIGO has built AI into core areas of its technology portfolio.


Apple reportedly acquires Israeli AI startup RealFace

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Apple has acquired Tel Aviv, Israel-based Realface, a machine learning startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users, according to reports from Calcalist (in Hebrew) and The Times Of Israel. Founded in 2014, RealFace says it has developed an innovative way of recognising people, self-reportedly building A.I software that "brings back human perception to digital process". RealFace's software enables authentication, automated on-boarding & mobile conversion optimisation. The company, led by co-founder and Columbia Business School-trained Adi Eckhouse Barzilai, says it has proprietary IP in the field of'frictionless face recognition' and effective learnings from facial features. The Israeli startup is behind the Pickeez app, which automatically choses a user's best photos from various platforms using the RealFace recognition software.