ModiFace Live: Add Real-Time Beauty Effects to Videos on iOS

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ModiFace Live

ModiFace, which specializes in augmented reality technology for the beauty industry, has launched its latest app, ModiFace Live, on iOS. The app allows users to apply real-time effects to their live videos, which can be recorded and shared with friends.

The ModiFace Live app includes effects like makeup palettes, contact lenses and teeth whitening, among others, which can be previewed in real-time. Users can mix-and-match multiple effects to achieve the look they want. ‘Emoji’ effects are also available, which can change the shape of the user’s nose or eyes (as examples) to resemble an emoji.

When previewing changes, users can swipe on the screen to quickly compare their actual appearance with their modified one. Users can also change the intensity of each modification.


In addition to the app’s stock makeup palettes, users can create their own using the gesture control effect. When this effect is active, users can pucker their lips or raise their eyebrows to change their lipstick or eyeshadow color, respectively.

Once users are satisfied with their modified appearance, they can tap on the screen to take a picture, or tap and hold to record a video. This content can be shared out to Facebook Messenger or social media, as examples. Users can also save content to their camera roll for posting on other platforms.

For brands, effects in the app can be connected to real-world beauty products, so brands can sponsor special effects within the app.

ModiFace Live is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store.

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NASA To Use Augmented Reality Headsets for Real-Time Instructions Sent From Ground Control

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Virtual and augmented reality devices have slowly edged their way into our lives, popping up on headsets and in cars. Now, they are boldly going where no AR or VR has gone before, into space.

This week a resupply mission will carry two Microsoft HoloLenses to the International Space Station (ISS). The devices will be used by astronauts like real-time instruction manuals, part of a NASA project called Project Sidekick. The idea is to facilitate closer communication between astronauts in space and ground control.

A technician in Houston could see what an astronaut wearing the HoloLens is seeing in real time. The person in ground control could then draw a circle around a particular piece of hardware or button on the space station, pointing it out to the astronaut and making instructions for repairs or experiments even more clear than relying on written or vocal instructions.

“HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting edge technologies that could help drive future exploration and provide new capabilities to the men and women conducting critical science on the International Space Station,” Sam Scimemi, director of the ISS program said in a statement. “This new technology could also empower future explorers requiring greater autonomy on the journey to Mars.”

To make sure the devices would work in a low-gravity environment, the headsets were tested on NASA’s Weightless Wonder, a jet that allows people to experience brief moments of weightlessness while the plane is diving towards the ground. You can watch these tests in the short video below. It’s essentially watching highly educated engineers float around weightless making strange movements in the air with their fingers, set to dramatic music

Even though this is augmented reality, and not virtual reality, we all know that it’s only a matter of time before astronauts start getting trapped in crazy holodeck adventures. You have to admit, it might make time in the cramped quarters of the ISS fly by.

This article is shared as part of our “The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology” series. In 2016, Social Media Week’s global theme will explore the intangible, under-valued processes driving our technology, and ultimately, our decisions, forward. As we become more efficient, dynamic, and diverse human-beings, we have the responsibility to understand the present and future potential of these hidden forces all around us.

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