Bristol, United Kingdom – Apple have spent a great deal of time and money ensuring that their latest iOS has built-in features that allow developers to produce great apps for their users. How must they feel when a developer takes arguably one of their most useful business features, face recognition, and subverts it for trivial entertainment value?
The free Wonky Eyes Face Changer app from Ozmundo does just that. The app enables a user to take a picture with the built in camera or load a picture from the photo album and ‘wonkify’ it, to use the app’s parlance, which involves the addition of various cartoon features to every face. The developer of the app, Oz Warren (owner of Ozmundo) said “I’ll be honest that this app isn’t going to change the face of iPhone or iPad usage, but I hope that using it gives a few people cause to giggle.”
When a picture is selected, a range of character options pop up – Colonel Evil, Dennis Demon, The Alien, Percy Pirate and Dr.Random. Each of the first four choices add the same character features to each face in the photo. For example, Percy Pirate adds a pirate hat, mad eyes with bushy eyebrows and a suitably large beard – great for those serious business meeting shots. The fifth, Dr.Random option, randomly chooses features from each of the fixed characters and some additional elements, to create a different combination for each face. The finished effect is surreal and comical and as you would expect, photos can be shared directly to Facebook and Twitter, or saved to the photo album for later use.
In practice the app will work very well with a single portrait or a smaller group size, but will start to miss people out when the face size falls below a level where the face detection fails, such as in a large wedding group. Single portraits or small group shots are ideal for the wonkifying treatment, meaning your family albums will never look quite the same again.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 10.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Wonky Eyes isn’t the first app to modify faces in some way for entertainment value, but it is a new take on the genre and worth the download. Wonky Eyes Face Changer 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.
Ozmundo is a Bristol, UK based company that was founded by Oz Warren in April 2011 when he chose to leave his office job and indulge his passion for mobile app development. Oz has several apps in the app store and also works as a developer for hire for local organisations. (C) 2012 Ozmundo / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.