Monthly Archives: September 2018

Create mini stickers of yourself automatically via Gboard

Groovy:

Google has launched “Mini” stickers for iOS and Android, which use machine learning to craft personalized emoji from your photo. More precisely, the feature uses a combination of machine learning, neural networks and artist illustrations to conjure up the best representation of you, taking into account various characteristics like your skin tone, hair color and style, eye color, face shape and facial hair. Just access Mini from within Gboard and start the creation process by taking a selfie. It will then automatically create your avatar and generate packs of stickers you can use.

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Google Photos Library API now ready for developers

This is kind of inside-baseball, but it’s exciting for the possibilities it opens:

If you want to build and test your own experience, you can visit our developer documentation to get started. You can also express your interest in joining the Google Photos partner program if you are planning a larger integration.

Among the things apps can now do:

  • Easily find photos, based on
    • what’s in the photo
    • when it was taken
    • attributes like media format
  • Upload directly to their photo library or an album
  • Organize albums and add titles and locations
  • Use shared albums to easily transfer and collaborate

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New character-animation hotness from Adobe

Formerly known as “Project Puppetron” (see previous re: the underlying tech), Adobe’s new Characterizer will soon be part of Character Animator CC:

You will be able to bring original art into Character Animator, record a series of sounds and facial expressions, and Characterizer will generate a new unique character… In a matter of seconds, you have a completely unique puppet that’s ready for your performance, regardless of your previous animation experience.

Here’s a quick tour from my buddy Dave:

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Meanwhile After Effects is adding some fun new chops to its puppeting toolset:

[YouTube 1 & 2]