TouchMyApps » PhotoSpeak 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 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 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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PhotoSpeak in Review – Oh my God, Max Headroom is back! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/12/photospeak-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/12/photospeak-in-review/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:16:31 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25976 In the late eighties, a TV show appeared that pioneered cyberpunk in the US. That show was Max Headroom. Though it was extremely short-lived due to heavy competition, it opened the audience’s eyes to the future, where an artificial intelligence could replace people as reporters, TV hosts and other media personas that we only see through … Read more]]>

In the late eighties, a TV show appeared that pioneered cyberpunk in the US. That show was Max Headroom. Though it was extremely short-lived due to heavy competition, it opened the audience’s eyes to the future, where an artificial intelligence could replace people as reporters, TV hosts and other media personas that we only see through the dreaded box with moving pictures. Well, thanks to MotionPortrait we’re now one step closer to this future and create a Max Headroom of our very own with PhotoSpeak and the tap of a finger.

PhotoSpeak is an unusual app. It can take any front-faced picture of a person and with some magic turn it into a 3D model. And that’s not all – it can actually lipsync the model to anything you record on the iPhone. Sounds impossible? Well, I thought so too!

To get started with PhotoSpeak you only need to take a picture, crop it and let the app do it’s hocus-pocus. You can also select an image from your photo library if there’s a suitable one. Though PhotoSpeak tries to do a fair job with anything you feed to it to get a really good result you’ll need something like an ID photo – front face, mouth closed, no glasses. And another thing – the image conversion is actually done on the MotionPortrait servers, so be ready with an internet connection at hand.

After the magic is done, the model is downloaded back to your iPhone. Unfortunately I was unable to find whether the photo actually stays on the server, so the paranoids out there might want to stay clear. For the sane people – the fun has just begun. The model head sits there in the app, blinks and tilts to follow your finger or the accelerometer movements. And as I said at the beginning – you can record anything in the app and then make the model repeat it in perfect lypsync. For some extra fun you can double tap the image to toggle geeky or cool glasses and an afro hairstyle.

For the social networking addicts you can save or e-mail the photo, or even upload videos to Youtube! You can also send them via PhotoSpeak Mail to your friends and even complete strangers! The most fun part is that it also works perfectly well with photos taken of the screen – which you can see with my Barak Obama videos. One thing I really missed is the ability to make the model sing songs from the iPhone music library – it would make it twice as fun. And if the developers could somehow (probably impossible) make the app work with animals – that would be just awesome.

PhotoSpeak is definitely one of the apps that will have a permanent home on my iPhone. It really showcases both what the current level of technology in general and the iPhone in particular can do. And it’s really fun, especially at parties. Though it is a little pricey at $2.99 it really stands out among the scores of useless and stupid novelty apps out there. So now I have Barak Obama at the palm of my hand and can make him say anything I want. World domination is just around the corner. Mua-ha-ha-ha!

With this I declare PhotoSpeak officially touched!

App Summary
Title: PhotoSpeak Developer: MotionPortrait, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 2.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 3.3 MB
  • Fun
  • Works great
  • Make anyone say anything
  • Doesn’t allow you to play music from your library

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