Sunday, September 25, 2016

Want to Change Hair Color? Ask This Software

Want to Change Hair Color? Ask This Software

Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, University of Washington

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Now you don’t have regret trying out new hairstyles with this new software. Researchers from the University of Washington created Dreambit to let you see yourself in a new haircut or color before deciding to actually go for it.

Dreambit also lets you see how you would look like in a certain time period, age or country.  You can simply upload your photo, type a search term like India, curly hair or 1930s, and the software will look for similar photos based on your terms and perfectly combine your face with the search results.

Interestingly, the software has uses beyond improving oneself. Authorities can also use Dreambit to show what a missing child or person looks like if their physical appearance have changed due to age or a different hairstyle or color.

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Dreambit can predict what a one-year-old boy (top) and a four-year-old girl (bottom) will look like at subsequent ages. Credit: Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, University of Washington

“It’s hard to recognize someone by just looking at a face, because we as humans are so biased towards hairstyles and hair colors,” says the software’s developer Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the university. “With missing children, people often dye their hair or change the style so age-progressing just their face isn’t enough. This is a first step in trying to imagine how a missing person’s appearance might change over time.”

Actors can also see how they would look like if they change their appearance to fit into a role. If the actor will play a historical character, then he can look at how he would appear when his face is combined with the historical figure.

This may resemble some other software out there but the researchers assert that Dreambit matches the original photo’s face shape, pose and expression more accurately. Kemelmacher-Shlizerman points out that there are hundreds of thousands of photos to choose from so finding the perfect match for you would not be a problem.