May 8, 2014 9:27 pm

WATCH: UBCO Professor thinks up new avatar app

KELOWNA, B.C. – Have you ever wondered what the virtual version of yourself would look like? Or what the offspring of yourself and your new partner would look like? Well, there is an app for that.

A UBCO professor’s vision that was sparked 17 years ago when she worked for Warner Brothers in Los Angeles has become a reality.

Associate professor of Psychology at UBC Okanagan, Liane Gaboras partnered with SFU associate professor Steve DiPaola to launch the app called Face Fries last month. Using advanced image processing, psychological models of personality and emotion, as well as animation technology the app detects faces in photographs and turns them into realistic, three-dimensional animated avatars with the ability to talk.

The Face Fries team is supported by over $15,000 in funding from a federal group called Grand NCE that works to enhance Canada’s digital media sector.

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