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How Would You Look if You Lost Weight? ModiFace Has the Answer.

Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you lost 50 pounds? How about with a different hairstyle? We recently sat down with Dr. Parham Aarabi, president of face visualization company Modiface, who showed us some of the more interesting uses of his company's high-tech algorithms.

Modiface grew out of face recognition technology developed at the University of Toronto. The technology is similar to what you'd find on newer point-and-shoot cameras and camcorders, which uses facial recognition to adjust focus. The company brings the same idea to the world of cosmetics, licensing its advanced image processing to developers for use in beauty applications. It's also the first company to offer such extensive anti-aging and weight loss visualizations online, for free (before, beauty visualizations typically involved nothing more than some deft Photoshopping by a plastic surgery technician).

For example, Modiface technology powers the site weightmirror.com, which allows you to upload a photo and see how you would look with up to 50 pounds of weight loss. We tested it out, as you can see in the above picture. The Web application uses algorithms to intelligently adjust the photo, giving you an accurate visualization instead of merely squashing the photo and distorting your features. Other sites powered by Modiface let you adjust you hair color instantly, see how you will age, digitally test out cosmetics, and more. Expect to see these types of intelligent applications coming to your iPhone or Facebook page in the very near future.


What Do Your Gadgets Say About You?

    What Does Your Tech Say About You?
    As makes sense in consumer societies, most folks in developed nations -- wittingly or not -- express themselves via the stuff they accumulate. Since technological goods have become increasingly pervasive, and affordable, it only makes sense that tech companies have begun to imbue their products with 'personalities' of their own. From your ride to your ringtone, your tech -- like it or not -- can expose aspects of your personality to others. Click through to see just what we're talking about.

    Your car
    Possibly the most widely recognized status symbol of the modern era, the automobile has been developed perhaps more than any other piece of machinery to appeal to certain personality types. A Mercedes, for instance, might give off the vibe that you are a high-roller, concerned with sophistication over flash. If you drive a Chevy, you're putting out that all-American vibe. And if you drive a Hummer? Well, you just suck.

    Your ringtone
    Downloadable ringtones have skyrocketed in popularity over recent years, with even your cousin's pitiful emo band hawking their own via MySpace. Since the kinds of people who use ringtones are rarely the kinds of people to courteously set their phones to silent mode when in public, the whole world's perception of you could hinge on your ringtone selection. If you pick a Young Jeezy jam, you're probably the type of person who likes to get crunk. If you download a Barry Manilow ringtone, you're probably the type of person that downloads ringtones by accident.

    Your cell phone
    With smartphones pervading pockets and purses everywhere, the cell phone may soon replace the automobile as the most recognizable status symbol. While a BlackBerry gives off the vibe that you are all about business, an iPhone would suggest that you mix business and pleasure -- a technological mullet, of sorts. And as for those Luddites among us with older-gen, plain-old cell phones? Well, that says we'd rather buy months' worth of groceries than a telephone.

    Your preferred MP3 player bit rate
    A CNET report has broken down MP3 listeners into types, contingent on their bit rate preferences. Folks who listen to 128kbps probably use their MP3 players' included headphones. Those who subscribe to 256kbps are highly likely to use BitTorrent, but never Limewire. Lossless fans tend be Gen X-ers, while 320kbps-listeners tend to be part of Gen Y.

    Your Vista sidebar gadgets
    Since Vista's "gadgets" feature leaves some users perplexed, Windows Vista Magazine (that's right) offered a break-down of Vista user types last year. According to the article, those who leave the sidebar alone are "unadventurous" and might be "nervous." Folks who mess with the sidebar a little bit are "naturally curious," but also "flit between things." On the other hand, Vista users who fully take advantage of the sidebar are called "individuals" who "aren't afraid to try new things." It's almost as if Windows Vista Magazine wants you to pay for Windows Vista gadgets. Weird.

    Your gadgets, in general
    If you're a gadget lover, or what's called an 'early adopter,' research shows that you're probably an assertive person. The study, conducted by Nielsen Online and Mindset Media, also found that folks who rush to the store in order to buy the newest gadget tend to have strong leadership qualities. Oh, and they also tend to be condescending jerks.

    Your Mac
    If you're a Mac user, chances are high that you're also an early adopter, so it should be no surprise that, as the owner of a Mac, you are probably an arrogant, uptight kind of person. Of course, it's not all bad. The study in question, conducted at last year's Macworld conference, shows that Mac users also tend to be more open-minded. Unless it comes to PC-users, that is.


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