Emoticons Are Reshaping Our Brains, We Now Process :-) As A Human Face

When we first broached the Great Smiley Debate a few weeks ago, the question was whether or not a dash-as-nose was appropriate, necessary, or a bastardization of the simple purity of two dots paired with a gentle curve. But a new, equally contentious controversy emerged in the Kinja discussion: Should the parenthesis… » 2/15/14 9:00am 2/15/14 9:00am

These Incredible Facial Scans Capture Detail Down to the Skin Cell

Rendering CGI faces that look close to real is hard, but we're starting to see hardware that can pull it off. Then, the problem becomes the source material; you've got to have models that look good enough to pass for real. For that, a new kind of facial scanning is going to come in handy, one that can get detail all… » 7/06/13 6:36pm 7/06/13 6:36pm

Researcher Says Lego Minifigs Aren't as Happy as 25 Years Ago

University of Canterbury's researcher Christopher Bartneck has made an obvious discovery: Lego Minifigs are not as happy today as they were 25 years ago, when all their iconic, cleanly designed faces were happy. Now they are mostly a mess—including facial expressions of anger, doubt, sadness or fear. » 6/16/13 10:21pm 6/16/13 10:21pm

You Can Use Google Maps to Find Faces Hidden in the Earth

It's nearly impossible to gaze up during the day without spotting sort of cloudy, billowing face staring back at us. But rarely do we get the opportunity to see the faces we so casually trample right beneath our feet. Now, a new program by Onformative is giving us a bird's eye's view of every facial landform on Earth. » 5/21/13 4:22pm 5/21/13 4:22pm

The Average Woman In Every Country Looks Like This

The Faces of Tomorrow projects takes lots of photos of people in various countries and merges them into one "average" face. It's interesting, because if you gave me the photo for the average face for say, China, Korea, Japan and some other Asian countries and asked me to guess where they were from, I could probably… » 2/11/11 7:55pm 2/11/11 7:55pm

Microsoft's Patent Revolutionizes Dating By Matching People With Celebrity Faces

That website where you upload a picture of yourself and it tells you which celebrities you look like is fun, but what if you could do the same thing in reverse? Microsoft's latest image-based face search has just that application, allowing you to potentially upload a picture of a celebrity and find matches on dating… » 2/29/08 4:00pm 2/29/08 4:00pm