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Facebook’s New AI Paints Filters Over Entire Human Bodies In Real Time

By Mikelle Leow, 08 Feb 2018


Video screenshot via Alp Guler

Step aside, Snapchat. Facebook has yet again one-upped the disappearing messages app with a tool that pastes “skins” on entire human bodies.

Facebook’s AI research (FAIR) team has unveiled ‘DensePose’, a tool that maps 2D images “to the 3D surface of the human body” in videos.

In the future, a press of a button could, for example, turn your friends into moving pop culture characters.

Before training the machine, the researchers studied 50,000 photos of human body parts. They then marked more than five million data points, which were later fed to ‘DensePose’.

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The Next Web explains that while similar body-swapping tools already exist, Facebook’s version is the first to combine its data in real time “and effectively ‘connect the dots’ without a depth sensor.”

FAIR explains that ‘DensePose’ could one day be useful for the gaming industry, and might soon be effective in streamlining character modeling processes.

The end result imprints 2D RGB images on any number of people in a video. They’re nowhere as realistic-looking as those created from software that pastes celebrities’ faces on adult film stars’ bodies without their permission, and that’s a good thing.


Video via Alp Guler


Video screenshot via Alp Guler


[via The Next Web, video and screenshots via Alp Guler]
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