Emoji icons seem to be experiencing a fast evolution in recent years with two tech giants leading the way.
Samsung quickly followed after iPhone by introducing their own strikingly similar tech, an AR avatar that transforms your person into a real life emojiman (that is emoji and human combined, in case you could not figure that out).
With the recent release of the Galaxy S9, Samsung has decided to share how they brought this feature to life. The research behind Samsung's emojiman outlines the problem they wished to solve – this being the limitation of regular emoji and their expressions.
The company then outlined a goal, imagine that in an ideal world users would be able to teleport themselves and share their emotions in real life.
The next best thing? A simulation of you or mini emojiman to take your emotions and display them for you. In order for Samsung to do this, they had to focus on the camera technology, looking at ways it could track people's expressions.
The results? well, a camera boasting facial recognition technology and the ability to produce 3D rendering and track over 100 facial features. The camera works by capturing individual emotions using a data-based machine learning algorithm.
To achieve the results, Samsung conducted over 100 tests every week to ensure the new feature could perform as well as they intended. By using facial recognition technology, also known as 'blend shapes', users can also able blend multiple expressions together based on 75 basic expressions.
AR emoji is the final product, which is basically a cartoon-like character of yourself that can laugh, cry, wink, get angry, and do even more emotional related expressions, with even more to be developed in the future.
Check it out in action below.