What if you could highjack someone else's video chat in real time and essentially steal their face? That's the idea one creative coder had when concocting this real-time video chat masking hack, and the effect is amazing.
Using a code mashup of Jason Saragih's facetracker and Kevin Atkinson's image clone code Barcelona-based programmer Arturo Castro shows us the first steps toward easy video chat face masking that is far more convincing than you might think. In just one quick session Castro puts on the faces of Paris Hilton, Fidel Castro, Steve Jobs, Vladimir Lenin, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Mao Tse-tung, Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, Salvador Dali and of course President Barack Obama.
The faces are intermittently convincing, creepy and comical, but the demonstration makes it clear that an improved version of this technology will likely become mainstream in coming years. You can see the software hack in action in the video below.