Apple patents a way to create Memojis using a photograph

The creation of Memojis can be complex for some, which is why Apple has patented a way to create yours from a photograph.

In the future, Apple could create the Memojis from a photograph. The above arises from a patent granted to the company by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which details the method to create avatars from the data in an image.

The technique allows to classify the facial attributes of a subject from an image. These can be the type and color of hair, eye color, skin tone and the like. Once measured, a predetermined template is taken as the basis and deformed to create an avatar (Memoji).

The above would be particularly useful, especially now that the Memojis have become popular as stickers of WhatsApp and other messaging applications. So far there is no automated method that works as proposed by Apple, so if applied it would be the first to build a 3D avatar taking into account the facial features and other features of a photo.

According to the patent diagrams, the system identifies and classifies the various facial features. Then he takes a template assigned to the identity and personalizes it based on the attributes, including the hair. The patent says that the extractor can measure spatial characteristics of the subject's eyes (width, height, shape, iris size), as well as the nose, mouth, ears, jaw and more.

3D models take hundreds or thousands of data generated by the extractor. In the end an avatar is offered that resembles the appearance of the subject, thus optimizing the creation process. Another interesting detail is that it can also detect the presence of facial hair and accessories, such as glasses, by assigning them to the final model.

At first glance this patent sounds attractive, especially for those who take too long to create their Memoji and are not always satisfied. It is worth mentioning that the fact that this patent has been granted does not necessarily mean that it will be applied.

Apple registers patents of the projects in which it works, although some of these never see the light.

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