While it may just be a marketing ploy to get people to buy an iPhone X, Apple unveiled Animoji on Tuesday.
A new feature in iOS 11, Animoji’s are animated versions of emojis found on the iPhone. Animoji will employ Face ID hardware face-scanning features found on the iPhone X to create custom 3D versions based on your own facial expressions. Supposedly they started working on this back in 2011.
Face ID taps into neural networks and the new A11 processor and continues to recognize a person’s face whether in low light, wearing a hat, or you grow a beard that covers part of your face.
To recognize a person, the camera projects 30,000 invisible dots to map their face. Face ID has a one in a million chance of inaccurately identifying a face, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller said onstage today.
Slate wrote a piece on three things they found potentially troubling about animojis.
From the article:
Third and finally, the very charms of the system are themselves troubling. As many have already noted, and as others will point out, employing facial recognition as a security feature comes at a risk, since it potentially makes it easier for others to unlock your device by holding it up to your face. It also represents the consumer-level creep of technology that can be used to identify protesters and otherwise put personal privacy in jeopardy.
Animoji.com was registered back in 2013 after dropping once, Animojis.com was registered in 2014 after dropping once. Someone registered Animoji.media today. A couple minutes ago as a pure speculation I registered Animojimedia.com.