Eerie selfie app lets you bring the dead ‘back to life’

“With Me", the South Korean app, creates 3D avatars of the deceased

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Eerie selfie app lets you bring the dead ‘back to life’ The aim is to help support those grieving by offering a virtual way to interact with loved ones.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 7, 2017

Elrois, a South Korean company, has developed an app enabling users to create a 3D avatar of a deceased person, whether of loved ones or celebrities.

The creepy app, dubbed ‘With Me', only requires a 3D scan of the person's face and uses artificial intelligence to develop the avatar. From that, users can take selfies and talk to the avatar, but it won't be able to talk back.

However the avatar will be capable of recognising and responding to particular facial expressions whilst taking selfies, for instance if the user is to say ‘I love you' or move their arms, the avatar will mimic the expressions and movement.

The aim is to help support those grieving by offering a virtual way to interact with loved ones.

Eun Jin Lim, app designer for Elrois Inc, said: "Users put personal information when starting this app, the avatars remember the user from that time and recognises if there's some change in appearance and emotion, and mentions it, such as ‘you look younger today, what is your secret?'"

The functionality can only work if people visit a scanning booth to measure their face before they pass away. The app is in its initial stage of development and the company hopes it will become more accessible in the future. 

 

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