Microsoft recently released Puppets, animated emojis similar to Apple's Animojis, on the beta of its SwiftKey smart keyboard. The puppets reproduce the movements and expressions of the users through a facial recognition system. In the new platform, you can choose between a panda, an owl, a dinosaur, a cat and a dog.
The figures are entered directly by the keyboard, and the user records a video of up to 30 seconds so that their movements are imitated. After that, you can send the prank on virtual messengers like WhatsApp and Telegram. For now, the feature is only available in SwiftKey Android beta.
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Puppets can mimic users' gestures and facial movements Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft
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The platform created by Microsoft does not require the device to have a special camera, such as the Apple system. This way, Puppets can be used on any device that has Android 7 (Nougat) or higher, using the smart keyboard SwiftKey, owned by Bill Gates.
Puppets should only be used by one user at a time and it is recommended that they be recorded in well-lit locations to ensure correct operation. To develop this facial recognition system, Microsoft used thousands of photos and videos from people around the world to teach the system the expressions that could be made by users.
Step 1. Install SwiftKey Beta on your Android phone. Be sure to set it as the main keyboard and grant all permissions on device settings;
Download SwiftKey Beta and set it as your main keyboard Photo: Reproduo / Giulia Arajo
Step 2. In a text window, click the "+" button at the top of the keyboard. Then touch the panda symbol;
Click the "+" button and then the panda figure to access the Puppets Photo: Reproduo / Giulia Arajo
Step 3. In a bright place, let the camera find your face, and click the red button to record the video.
Let the camera find your face, and press the red button to shoot. Photo: Reproduction / Giulia Arajo
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