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I strongly believe in R/D and I strongly believe in the importance of academic research, so I’m kind of happy to share a little preview of contribute to the experimental work carried out by Parma University’s Neuroscience Department (yes! those rockstars who discovered mirror neurons!).
Here’s a short video demoing a software tool to be used in the scope of experiments on the perception of self. I’ll write more about it as the research progresses; for now let’s just say that the idea is measuring in a precise way how much a face needs to change for you to stop recognizing it.

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Magic and Storytelling is another awesome augmented reality / mixed media TED speech by Marco Tempest.
A few months ago I had a chat with Marco about an old multi layer AR demo: he needed something similar for a new performance, so I started to develop a platform that integrated HD cameras, depth cameras, skeleton tracking, face tracking and particle systems in a common pipeline. This prototype became the base for “Magic and Storytelling” and, more or less at the time I started writing the code for the Tesla piece, it was passed to the guys at onformative and checksum5 who ported into VVVV the relevant bits and created the final piece.
The TED video went online a few days ago and brought some internet love from different places, so here’s a link collection:
this is the TED video
this is a creativeapplication.net article
this a wired article (I admit seeing my name written by Bruce Sterling made me drool…)
this is the onformative project documentation (with lots of nice behind the scene material)
this is the project documentation by checksum5
this is a CDM article

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I’m still playing with swappable faces and, in particular, I’m setting up a software tool to quickly create and customize synthetic faces that would fit like a glove (or should I say a balaclava?) on your natural one.
I needed to create a test model and, considering the average cultural feedback to this kind of technology, I thought that nobody would be a better candidate than Guy Fawkes:

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Today I tested the awesome face cloning code that Arturo Castro and Kyle McDonald realized mixing Jason Saragih’s Face Tracker and some mean value coordinates magic.
After altering my face with some random noise and swapping it with Stefano’s, I obviously have a somewhat strong desire to start experimenting with this technique in a lot of different ways 🙂

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