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Using a webcam hooked up to custom PC software, a pair of researchers at Queen Mary, University of London, have created an augmented reality “mirror” that morphs your facial features at will.

Unlike existing applications that overlay virtual features onto real-world video, this program doesn’t add any synthetic elements to the video feed. It creates a 3D model of the user’s face, tracks their features, and then subtly warps the video. The user can then see how they would look with a smaller nose, wider mouth, or Powerpuff Girl eyes.

The software could be a valuable visualization tool for plastic surgeons. The creators are also considering adding in texture-based modifications that could allow the user to apply virtual makeup to their face. Check out the mirror at work in the video below:

New Scientist