Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Fairest...Talking Dog?

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Ever wish you were a goat? Of course you have! Good news: Borrowing some basic concepts from Disney's Haunted Mansion ride, artist Karolina Sobecka modified this mirror to make your dreams come true.

It turns your reflection into a wild animal's maw using an overlaid 3D model, perfectly mimicing your motions and facial expressions. It's art!

The title of her exhibit, All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures, will probably leave you scratching your head, but the technology behind it is thankfully easier to understand. A hidden camera allows facetracking software to recreate the movements of the user's face in real-time, while 3D software, including Unity3D and Blender3D, bring the animal masks to life.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Fairest... Talking Dog?

In the video the animal faces appear float off to the side, but from the viewer's perspective they're projected over their own faces. Disappointingly the animal seen isn't chosen to match the person's facial features or emotions, it's just random, so if you see a wolf don't read too much into it. [Karolina Sobecka via Dvice]