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Puppets.World Rolls Out an App for Animating Photos and Paintings

By CIOReview | Monday, September 28, 2020

Puppets.World makes it possible, with the help of artificial intelligence, to animate any photo of a person, a portrait painting, or even a hand-drawn sketch.

FREMONT, CA: Puppets.World rolls out an AI-powered application for animating photos and paintings. The app makes an image repeat word and mirror facial expressions on the user's video. To do this, a person needs to record a video, choose a photo or a drawing, and push the puppet button. The puppet will mimic all the words from the video and copy facial expressions. For videos longer than 30 seconds, it's suggested to purchase PRO minutes to enhance speed and quality and optionally remove Puppets. World watermark and ads.

The technology used in this app is different from deepfake apps. Like ReFace and FaceApp, the widespread apps use neural networks to modify an original face on a video or a photo to make it look similar to the user's face. The new modified face in the video shows the celebrity's facial expressions. This process is called morphing—the technology behind Puppets.World, is based on the same class of neural networks called GAN (generative adversarial network) but used a different method.

Puppets.World system creates a map of facial features and tracks their transformation and movements on an original video, and then it makes a puppet mirror those facial expressions. The app is not generating a new face, not using morphing technologies; instead, it brings a picture to life—the technology developed by Puppets.World is closer to face tracking, leveraged in computer games and movies to create lifelike characters. But the company has made it possible to achieve the same results without connecting a user to multiple sensors and with no need for high-performance computers or a studio environment.

This app is a media and entertainment app for bloggers and the general public. It can also be useful in different industries such as marketing and ads, movie production, educational videos, and contact centers. Puppets.World app is available for free.