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Saturday, Nov 16, 2019

Best face forward: The most innovative face detection apps around

As face detection technology becomes more advanced with phones such as the OPPO Find X, smartphone apps ride the wave by offering some of the most innovative ways to use the front-facing camera.

brand-stories Updated: Sep 10, 2018 12:58 IST
Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
Advanced technology from smartphones have opened up a world of possibilities for the use of the front-facing camera.
Advanced technology from smartphones have opened up a world of possibilities for the use of the front-facing camera. (

Before the mobile phone became ‘smart’, there was the camera phone. The concept of a separate electronic device’s capability inside a phone was something that took social interaction to a new level. As the phone camera started evolving, so did a certain feature known as face recognition. Born as a pixel-based approximation, this feature now works with near military precision in today’s smartphones. The OPPO Find X, for example, uses an advanced 3D Structured Light technology to flood the user’s face with 18,000 invisible dots and analyses them, making the unlocking 20 times safer than fingerprint recognition technology.

Advanced technology from phones like the OPPO Find X has opened up a world of possibilities for the use of the front-facing camera in a smartphone. Compared to traditional facial recognition, the Find X’s facial recognition and 3D structured light technology can assist users in a number of situations: from secured online transactions to Augmented Reality, expressionistic photography, and mobile games. Developers have begun putting this technology to good use by releasing a host of apps, from the fun distractions to the useful. Here are seven such apps that you can ‘show your face’ to:

1.Face Swap Live: Among the first few apps to use this new technology, Face Swap Live allows two people facing the camera to do what took Nicholas Cage and John Travolta a whole feature film to do: have each other’s faces. It can swaps faces in real time, changing expressions as you change yours. Additionally, you can paste on a prop, or even swap faces with a photo, which has led to a host of people uploading celebrity mimicry videos.

2.MSQRD: A variation of Face Swap, the app’s name is a vowel-less spelling of the word ‘masquerade’. True to its name, MSQRD offers a host of different ‘masks’ to place in real-time on your face. You can instantly become Batman’s arch nemesis The Joker, or prance around like a mad gorilla. Using a phone with advanced face recognition technology, like the OPPO Find X, will make you look even more convincingly like those characters. Record your videos, share them on social media and watch yourself become an instant celebrity, even if for only an instant.

MSQRD offers a host of different ‘masks’ to place in real-time on your face.
MSQRD offers a host of different ‘masks’ to place in real-time on your face.

3.Face Dance: Here’s a whacky app that works like Dance Dance Revolution, but uses your face instead of your legs. Change your facial expression at the right moment to match that of the meme expressions that are scrolling up to the rhythm of the song. Like DDR, Face Dance also has a multiplayer ‘dance off’ (or rather, ‘face off’) option where you can challenge your friend to a song bout. Owning an OPPO Find X would give you an edge over your opponent, thanks to the fact that it will be able to detect your facial expression changes with greater accuracy than your opponent’s phone. Make sure you use the #FaceDanceChallenge tag when you share your victory on social media.


4. Face2Gene: One of the most important applications of face detection technology, Face2Gene is a medical search and reference tool certified by ISO_27001 & HIPAA, intended for use solely by medical professionals. It examines a photo of one’s face and helps diagnose any medical issues that the patient might be facing, including dysmorphic features and genetic disorders. It also connects medical professionals around the world and offers guidance on which doctor to consult. It is important to note that this app is not meant to be an alternative to professional clinical consultation, but is only a useful reference tool.

5. Google Arts & Culture: Would you like to turn off that AR app and gain some knowledge instead? Didn’t think so. Google has found a workaround to this. Their Arts & Culture app now includes a feature that allows you to take a selfie, which the app then uses to look for a painting from the Renaissance and other eras of art history that most closely resembles you. So, if you think your expressions are very abstract, give them a literal abstract expressionist look.

Interestingly, the OPPO Find X is also equipped with a 3D lighting technique for artistic portraits, so now the photo you take can convey a compelling story all on its own. Your face is a canvas, after all.

6. FaceLock: So what if you don’t have the OPPO Find X? You can still use your face to secure your phone and personal data using FaceLock. It ensures your phone unlocks only when it detects your face and enables you to lock specific apps and settings in a similar way.

To experience these technologies in their most advanced state, however, you may want to go for the new #OPPOFindX. The advanced smartphone comes powered with features that are creating waves around the world. #FindMore now.