TouchMyApps » HourFace http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Japan’s creepiest iPhone App has its eyes on the West http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/17/japans-creepiest-iphone-app-has-its-eyes-on-the-west/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/17/japans-creepiest-iphone-app-has-its-eyes-on-the-west/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:50:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29645 Tokyo based MotionPortrait today announces HourFace 1.3 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Using MotionPortrait's cutting-edge avatar-builder technology, HourFace analyzes a still photo and turns it into a living, breathing 3D movie that ages right there on the iPhone screen. HourFace ages your friends and family and generates a 3D interactive movie for you to poke, prod and be amazed by. Discover what you might look like 50 years from now - all in 3D. … Read more]]>

Tokyo, Japan – HourFace from MotionPortrait, one of Tokyo’s hottest iPhone dev studios, has topped the charts in Japan since it launched in January and is now updated and better than ever. Using MotionPortrait’s cutting-edge avatar-builder technology, HourFace analyzes a still photo and turns it into a living, breathing 3D movie that ages right there on the iPhone screen.

Don’t just take our word, or the screenshots’, for it – these movies totally rock and will be the center of attention, whoever you apply the wrinkly brush to. Amaze and shock your friends – turn them into creaking old wrecks right in front of their eyes. Discover what you might look like 50 years from now – all in 3D! Just be careful not to pick on anyone too sensitive about their looks, ‘K?

Just fire up HourFace, use the iPhone’s camera to take a snap of a friend (or use one from your photo library) and wait for the magic to kick in while the dedicated servers get to work. Powered by MotionPortrait technology, HourFace ages your friends and family AND generates a 3D interactive movie for you to poke, prod and be amazed by. Find out what’s been keeping Japanese iPhone users in stitches for weeks!

In use, HourFace is simplicity itself – turn the iPhone upside down and the tilt sensor makes the avatar younger; flip it up the right way to head straight back to wrinkly city; hit the share button to fire off a photo snapshot by email. Some say the blinking, wheezing oldsters are kinda creepy, but we think they’re sweet (if you like zombie gramps, that is) – check them out for yourself and use the sharing features to let the world know what you’ll look like in your nineties!

Features:

  • Create a 3D face from your photos or the iPhone camera
  • Aging face adds decades to anyone
  • Anti-aging face tightens the skin and turns back the clock
  • Turn the face side to side by dragging the screen
  • Save a 3D face in the library
  • Send a wrinkly snapshot by email
  • Full screen mode with a single tap
  • Reverse aging by flipping the iPhone upside down
  • Pause the aging when the iPhone is horizontal
  • Secret Easter Eggs!

How to take a good photo: The advanced face-recognition technology is cutting-edge but delicate and needs a good photo to work with. Here’s what you’ll need to look out for:

  • The subject should be facing straight ahead with head held straight
  • His or her forehead must be visible
  • Bright natural light is best – shadows only get in the way

What’s new in version 1.3:
* Before uploading a photo, the app performs a quick test to see if a face exists in the photo
* New Easter Egg (wink) for the anti-aged face

Supported Languages:
* US English, French, German and Japanese

Device Requirements:
* Device must have a camera to use the camera functions, otherwise library photos work just fine
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 3.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
HourFace 1.3 is $2.99 USD (2.39 Euro / £1.79 / 350 yen) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Developer MotionPortrait is one of Japan’s hottest new iPhone dev studios, with several smash hits already under its belt. Find out more at the MotionPortrait website. Copyright (C) 2009-2010 MotionPortrait Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Space-age iPhone Avatar Builder from the creator of #1 hit HourFace http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/17/space-age-iphone-avatar-builder-from-the-creator-of-1-hit-hourface/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/17/space-age-iphone-avatar-builder-from-the-creator-of-1-hit-hourface/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:48:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29646 Tokyo based MotionPortrait today announces PhotoAvatar 1.2 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Ideal for your online double life, PhotoAvatar transforms your beautiful mug into a realistic 3D avatar from another planet. Powered by MotionPortrait technology, PhotoAvatar includes three different alien races, each with its own distinctive in-movie action and voice. Share your alien avatar by email with friends or use it as your profile picture on Twitter, Facebook and other online services. … Read more]]>

Tokyo, Japan – Ideal for your online double life, PhotoAvatar 1.2 – #1 in its category on the first day on sale in Japan – transforms your beautiful mug into a realistic 3D avatar from another planet. Creating your alien avatar is simple – take a photo with the iPhone’s camera or choose one from your library. After that, the dedicated cutting-edge servers do the work to build your customized 3D movie.

Powered by MotionPortrait technology, PhotoAvatar includes three different alien races, each with its own distinctive in-movie action and voice. Just tap the screen to bring your creation to life. Share your alien avatar by email with friends or use it as your profile picture on Twitter, Facebook and other online services – the galaxy’s the limit!

How to take a good photo. Our advanced face-recognition technology is cutting-edge but delicate and needs a good photo to work with. Here’s what you’ll need to look out for:

  • The subject should be facing straight ahead with head held straight
  • His or her forehead must be visible
  • Bright natural light is best – shadows only get in the way

What’s New in Version 1.2:
* New animation added when iPhone is shaken

Supported Languages:
* US English, French, German and Japanese

Device Requirements:
* Device must have a camera to use the camera functions, otherwise library photos work just fine
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 7.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
PhotoAvatar 1.2 is only $0.99 USD (0.79 Euro / £0.59 / 115 yen) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

PhotoAvatar 1.2
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Developer MotionPortrait is one of Japan’s hottest new iPhone dev studios, with several smash hits already under its belt. Find out more at the MotionPortrait website. Copyright (C) 2009-2010 MotionPortrait Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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HourFace in Review – You, in 90 years http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/18/hourface-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/18/hourface-in-review/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 08:33:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=28292 Novelty apps really thrive at the App Store. And I’m not talking about the infamous fart sort – TMA aren’t that interested in gassing. Rather there are quite a number interesting and creative apps out there. I’ve recently reviewed such a one from MotionPortrait, Inc. – PhotoSpeak and was very impressed by what it can … Read more]]>

Novelty apps really thrive at the App Store. And I’m not talking about the infamous fart sort – TMA aren’t that interested in gassing. Rather there are quite a number interesting and creative apps out there. I’ve recently reviewed such a one from MotionPortrait, Inc. – PhotoSpeak and was very impressed by what it can do. And now we have a new title from the same developer – HourFace.

HourFace is an application that uses the same underlying engine as PhotoSpeak. However, instead of lipsyncing sounds it actually estimates how your face has changed/will change throughout the span of your entire life. An interesting idea and amazingly it’s quite accurate.

The interface of the app is as simple as can be. All controls are grouped at the bottom of the main menu – you can either open a previously converted face or take a new picture to process from your library or from your photo album. After you choose either and get the picture you have to scale and position the box to enclose the face of the victim. After that you simply press a button and watch the magic happen. Well, actually, you’ll have to wait a minute or two before it works, but that’s part of the magic.

Once you have the face model back on your iDevice it’s time to marvel. Right before your eyes the face will gradually change from boyish smooth and pink to the aged and lined grey variety. Turn the phone upside down and watch the magic happen the other way around. As an added bonus you can shake the iPhone at maximum age to see the face cough. Wow, that was scary. You can also double tap to view the face full-screen as well send it via e-mail or save as a photo.

The interesting thing is that the HourFace is actually quite accurate. I don’t know about me but my victim Steve Jobs actually is not too far away from his image as seen by HourFace. It’s a pity the app doesn’t estimate changes in hair coverage and colour. The other downer for me was that you could only save static photos and upload videos to Youtube.

HourFace is an interesting extension of the concept pioneered by PhotoSpeak. At the same time it feels out of place as a separate app, especially for $1.99. I would be much more happy if it was an update to PhotoSpeak or at least DLC for it. Despite its originality, I would recommend you skip it, or at least wait for a discount before purchasing.

With this I declare HourFace officially touched!

App Summary
Title: HourFace Developer: MotionPortrait, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 1.2 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $1.99 App Size: 3.6 MB
  • Interesting and original idea
  • Amazingly accurate
  • Not worth it as a standalone product

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