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 youmask stars: Feel Like a Movie Star!

12/23/2016

Are you fond of movies? Ever wanted to be inside one? We certainly do! That’s why we made youmask stars, an app that makes you look, feel and act like a movie character… on the display of your phone of tablet!

Youmask stars builds on the foundation of Luxand biometric technologies, applying an animated mask to your face that looks real. With youmask stars, you can become someone else. When you smile, your avatar smiles. If you blink, your avatar blinks. If you frown… you guessed it: it frowns, too.

What are you waiting for? The App Store link is right here:





 Mirror Reality SDK Now Available for Windows

12/22/2016

Mirror Reality SDK, our cutting-edge toolkit for building augmented reality apps, is now available for the Windows platform. With this new SDK you’ll be able to build desktop apps running on any Windows PC, laptop or kiosk.

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Before the year end, take a chance to have a look at the new and update version of Mirror Reality SDK. As a reminder, Mirror Reality SDK enables iOS, Android and Windows developers to create augmented reality apps based on real-time face transforms. This coming year, Mirror Reality SDK becomes more convenient, better documented and much better illustrated.

Just before the holiday season, we added a number of masks to make celebrating Christmas and the New Year lots and lots of fun! You have a full year ahead of you to prepare for the next Christmas, so why not download Mirror Reality SDK now and have a look at the masks?





 FaceSDK 6.2 Improves Real-Time Recognition, Better Live Facial Filters on Mobiles

09/15/2016

Luxand Inc. updates FaceSDK, the company’s flagship face recognition and facial feature detection suite. FaceSDK 6.2 features numerous improvements and enhancements, enabling developers to build mobile apps implementing live facial filters.

The improved Facial Feature Detection and Tracking engine is now based on 70-point detection of facial features (up from 66 facial features in the last release), improves tracking of open mouth and significantly improves speed on major mobile platforms. The new engine reaches 30 frames per second on iPhone 6 when detecting facial features on live video streams captured by the phone’s camera in landscape orientation.

“We’re making it better with each iteration”, says Alex Konoplev, Luxand CEO. “The new build packs numerous improvements in different areas allowing developers implement smoother experience and increasingly lifelike animations never imaginable before. The massive performance improvements in the newly announced iPhone 7 are highly welcome, yet we are fully committed to supporting developers targeting other popular iOS devices.”

New Benchmark Performance with Less Jitter

Luxand is constantly working on improving the speed and fluidity of its tools. The updated FaceSDK 6.2 offers a bump in frame rates, which can be used to significantly reduce jitter while detecting and tracking facial features in video streams.

Jitter is a visual artifact that requires additional processing power to reduce. In this release, FaceSDK introduced a significant increase in performance, allowing developers either to achieve a solid 30-FPS rate or on iPhone 6 in landscape orientation, or to reduce the jitter of videos.

Detailed Facial Feature Detection with Backward Compatibility

FaceSDK 6.2 can now detect 70 facial features, up from 66 features in previous versions. The more detailed detection enables lifelike facial transforms and animations that look more natural than ever. In addition, FaceSDK 6.2 improves tracking of open mouth, providing even more lifelike experience. Full backwards compatibility with previous versions of the SDK is maintained.

New Sample Code for Android and iOS

FaceSDK is all about developers. In this release, the SDK targets mobile developers, adding Android and iOS samples for detecting the person’s emotions and gender. Samples for Android Studio and Visual Studio 2015 (targeting Windows platform) are now available.

Live Demo Apps

Since FaceSDK is a developer platform used for building apps, Luxand built a number of apps and services to demonstrate the abilities of its platform. youmask is an app for Android and iOS to show what can be done with the SDK. For building apps like this, developers can use MirrorReality SDK.

Buy One Get One Free

The new build is here. What are you waiting for? Buy one, get one free before the end of September! In order to claim your discount, just fill in the quote request form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.





 Luxand Contribution to Academic Research

09/07/2016

During the recent years, Luxand made substantial contributions to academic research and development. Our tools and technologies were used and referenced in over 150 papers published in renowned scientific magazines. We feel that gathering all these publications on a single Web page will help researchers find information they need.

Meet our all-new Academic Research Web page.

On this page, you’ll find more than 150 publications. Where possible, we accompanied those with full article links.


Did we miss anything? If you have a paper referencing our tools or technologies, or if you know of any publication that we missed, please share it with us! We are happy to accept publications using or mentioning our products and technologies. You are free to submit references to research papers in any format, or just use bibtex.





 Mirror Reality SDK for Android

06/17/2016

We’re excited to announce the availability of our Mirror Reality SDK for the Android platform. The new SDK enables Android developers building augmented reality apps that are based on the detection and transformation of human faces. The new SDK applies real-time video face effects, allowing developers build high-grade face swapping apps for Android smartphones and tablets.

Mirror Reality SDK is now available on both major mobile platforms.

What does it look like? Check out the youmask app we built using Mirror Reality SDK!

You’re not limited to what you see in youmask. Build apps that turn the phone into a magic mirror, with your app applying real-time animated special effects to the user’s face. Turn the user’s “reflection” into a zombie, make them younger or older, apply animal masks or use fantastic special effects. Your imagination is the only limit! Have something special in mind? Contact us, and we’ll be happy to build it for you!



 Face Masks in Live Video for Your Apps

03/18/2016

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just released MirrorReality SDK for iOS developers allowing to build augmented reality apps based on human faces. The new SDK applies real-time video face effects, allowing developers build high-grade face swapping apps for iPhones and iPads.

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What does it look like? Your users would use the phone as a mirror, while the app applies real-time animated special effects to their face. You can turn the user’s “reflection” into a zombie, age or rejuvenate their face, accessorize, apply animal masks and fantastic special effects. If you have something special in mind, you can easily create your very own mask or special effect, or simply contact us – and we’ll make it for you.

We’ve built a demo app to show just how powerful the technology is. Download MirrorReality and check out how our new SDK fares in the real life!

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 Share Your Valentine with Buy One, Get One Free Deal

01/28/2016

St. Valentine's day is coming, and we’re announcing a great Buy One, Get One Free deal! For this Valentine’s day we prepared something truly special: the second FaceCrop SDK license is free when you buy one!

What is FaceCrop SDK, and why do we feel it’s a perfect Valentine gift? FaceCrop SDK is a one-click pony, providing single-call access to detecting and cutting faces out of an image regardless of its size, format or resolution. Just process a bunch photos in various sizes and formats, and you’ll get a bunch of perfectly square (or rectangular if that’s what you’re up to) head shots.

In order to claim your discount, you’ll need to order FaceCrop SDK before February 14th:

http://www.luxand.com/facecrop/order




 FaceSDK 6.1: Emotion Detection and Facial Expression Recognition

12/15/2015

The updated Luxand FaceSDK 6.1 is out with new Facial Expression Recognition. Buy one, get one free if you order before December 30, 2015!

Facial Expression Recognition


What exactly is Facial Expression Recognition? The initial implementation can just detect two expressions: whether the person is smiling and whether she has her eyes open. The technology works in both still images and video streams.

How well does it work? Our internal tests demonstrated recognition quality of 92% for smile recognition and a nearly 100% success rate for open-eye detection.

What is it good for? The possibilities are truly endless. Build a happiness detector in your app, and you’ll be able to measure whether or not the target audience is happy about what they see, automate marketing research or build highly personalized marketing campaigns with two-way feedback. When building a photo album, you can help your customers pick happy photos where the people are smiling – as opposed to ones with grim and neutral expressions.

Open-eye detection comes handy when building camera apps with blink detection, helping photographers get perfectly timed shots in full auto mode. If you are developing a DVR system, especially for the car industry, detecting whether the driver has her eyes open helps implement an extra security layer by sounding an alarm if her eyes are shut for longer than a few moments.

We added a new piece of sample code. Expression Recognition sample will help developers quickly integrate new functionality into their apps.

The possibilities are truly endless. Your imagination is the only limit!

Download FaceSDK 6.1 here:

http://www.luxand.com/facesdk/download

Limited Time Offer

We like giving out discounts, especially during the holiday season. How about saving 50% off the price of a two-pack? Buy one license and get the second one free of charge – but only if you order before December 30, 2015!




 Mirror Reality 2.0: Must Be Seen To Believe

10/27/2015

One of our tools just got a major update. The new Mirror Reality 2.0 adds a bunch of visual effects, including a very special one – just before the Halloween season! Turn your girlfriend into a fatty or do just the opposite by making her slimmer or applying the rejuvenation effect. And we’ve still got the classic Aging effect! You truly must see it to believe. Just watch this YouTube clip to discover what Mirror Reality 2.0 can do:

Happy Halloween! Make your friends look like a bunch of scary zombies! Scared? You can use this technology on your very own Web site. Just connect to our Zombie API: http://luxand.com/makemezombie/, and you’re set to go.

Want to try Mirror Reality 2.0 just for fun? It’s completely free for personal use! Considering using the product for business purposes? We have a limited-time offer: a commercial license for two devices for the price of a single-device license! That’s the price of only $950 for the two licenses till the end of October. Hurry up! Halloween is coming!

Click here to try Mirror Reality 2.0 now: http://www.luxand.com/download/LuxandMirrorRealitySetup.exe

System Requirements: Intel i5 Processor or higher.

To get your Halloween discount, just place an order for Mirror Reality 2.0 before October 31, 2015.




FaceSDK 6.0.1 improves compatibility of samples with iOS 9

09/22/2015


We’ve just released FaceSDK 6.0.1, a minor update which improves compatibility of the LiveRecognition and LiveFacialFeatures samples with iOS 9 and Xcode 7. The binaries of the library are unchanged, so you may continue using FaceSDK 6.0 if you did not use these samples. As you may know, Apple has recently released iOS 9. We had to update our samples to ensure they work fine with the final release of iOS 9.

Hurry up to claim your discount and get two licenses for the new FaceSDK 6.0 for the price of one! If you are already a customer, you can upgrade your FaceSDK 5 license to the latest release and save 20% off the regular upgrade price. Act now before the discount expires! The action runs till the last day of September!




FaceSDK 6.0: 60-FPS Benchmark for Facial Feature Detection and Tracking in Video Streams

09/17/2015

Luxand, Inc. releases a major update to FaceSDK, a leading face recognition and facial feature detection suite. FaceSDK 6.0 makes use of a new, highly optimized Facial Feature Detection and Tracking engine to deliver smooth facial recognition in high-FPS video streams on both desktop and mobile platforms. In addition, the new release further improves recognition quality and includes new samples for .NET, iOS and Android developers. New customers are eligible for a time-limited two-for-one deal, while existing users can upgrade to the new release at a 20% discount. Sale ends on September 30, 2015.

Benchmark 60-FPS Facial Feature Detection and Tracking

The lower latency and improved performance of the new Facial Feature Detection engine help deliver true 60-fps performance on desktops and 15 FPS on mobile platforms such as iPhone 6. The low-latency engine now allows creating mirror-like augmented reality projects for applications such as virtual makeup, face morphing, animating or aging.

Watch stunning augmented reality effects achievable with the newest facial feature detection:

Improved Precision and Reduced Jitter

FaceSDK 6.0 improves precision and reduces jitter while detecting and tracking facial features in video streams. In addition, FaceSDK 6.0 improves face recognition in video streams, allowing to track faces located near the edge of the frame. Faces that only partially appear in the frame can now be recognized and tracked.

The lower latency of the updated engine used in FaceSDK 6.0 greatly reduces jitter on video streams, enabling smooth, jitter-free appearance of processed videos.

Reduced False Acceptance Rate

With every new iteration, FaceSDK improves recognition quality. In terms of benchmarks, the new SDK makes advances in recognition quality on motion streams, improving False Acceptance Rate by up to 20% when using Tracker API. FaceSDK 6.0 achieved the new low False Rejection Rate of 6.1% on still images (compared to 6.7% in the last release of the SDK; lower is better) as measured in FRCG test with False Acceptance Rate set to 0.1%.

Additional Samples

New sample code is made available to Java, iOS and Android developers. The new samples demonstrate how to use real-time facial feature detection and tracking on mobile platforms. A sample to search for similar pictures in Java is added, and buffer functionality (for saving and copying) for Java and .NET development platforms is now available.

Pricing and Availability

Luxand FaceSDK 6.0 is immediately available. Version 6.0 constitutes a major upgrade. Users of previous versions are recommended to update their product to the latest release. A 20% early adopter discount is available on all upgrades. This limited-time offer is available to existing licensed users of FaceSDK 5.0, and expires on September 30, 2015.

New customers are eligible for a time-limited buy-one-get-one-free offer. New customers receive their second license free of charge when ordering a full license for FaceSDK 6.0. This special offer is available to new customers only, and expires on September 30, 2015.

FaceSDK 6.0 is available at http://www.luxand.com/facesdk




Offer Your Visitors Some Fun in Your Promo Campaigns!

09/09/2015

The sizzling summer is over. It’s back to work season for us, and back to home entertainment for our customers – and for your visitors. Offer your visitors some online fun using Luxand’s face animation and transformation technologies! Universal Studios, Ford, Danone, Unilever, P&G, Johnson's Baby are already using Luxand tech.

We developed some amazing technologies based on interactions with the human’s face. Make your clients younger or older. Show your visitors how their babies would look like if they married that celeb. Give out realistic 3D avatars made from your visitors’ faces, and do much more with Luxand API’s!

We’re offering a Web API to let you create some very unique promotional campaigns such as MakeMeBabies.com (a highly viral project, 30M+ babies created), In20Years.com, MakeMeZombie.com, 3D-avatars and smileys (luxand.com/smileys or luxand.com/cards).




New app: Luxand BabyMaker for iPhone/iPad

07/14/2015


Do you know MakeMeBabies.com? That online entertainment portal can render a picture of a baby based on two parent’s faces. We’ve brought this technology to Apple iOS, releasing an app for iPhone and iPad to do just that – in offline. Luxand BabyMaker for iPhone/iPad will analyze the two faces, create a mathematical model of their future baby, render that baby’s face, and make a photo collage – all that for only $0.99. Used to create some 30 million faces, the technology was featured in Graham Norton Show by Jennifer Lopez, and showcased by Globo TV in Brazil. BabyMaker’s technology is super popular, smart, funny and family-friendly.

Download Luxand BabyMaker on the AppStore!




FaceSDK 5.0.1 for iOS Goes 64-bit

01/28/2015

As you may already know, starting February 1st Apple will stop accepting new AppStore submissions without a 64-bit version. Luxand is dedicated to supporting its customers, and is proud to roll out a new build of FaceSDK featuring a 64-bit library for Apple iOS devices. Version 5.0.1 comes with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions for iOS, allowing building compatible apps for the Apple AppStore. As usual, the update of FaceSDK maintains full code compatibility with previous versions, offering a seamless upgrade path to all who update to the latest build.

Download the new build at http://www.luxand.com/facesdk/download

Luxand FaceSDK is a true multi-platform, high-performance library for detecting and recognizing human faces on still photos and in live video streams. Developers can use FaceSDK to build a wide range of security, biometric identification and entertainment applications for most popular desktop and mobile platforms. FaceSDK offers fast and reliable operation based on the FRGC tests.




Show Live Emotions with e-Cards API

02/05/2014

We have developed an API allowing to create 3D animated e-Cards with live emotions:

http://www.luxand.com/cards

These e-Cards contain the user’s face - acting and moving in 3D and showing a wide range of emotions. To create an e-Card like that, all you need is a single photo of a human face. The system will do the rest automatically.

The new e-Cards API makes it easy to create birthday cards, season’s greetings and other types of electronic postcards. e-Cards are perfect for virtual marketing campaigns: they have a great wow-factor, and are shared by the recipients in Facebook. We have a number of ready-made e-Card templates, but feel free to create your own!




GrowMeUp Helps Children Look Grown-Up in Pictures

09/17/2013


Luxand, Inc. in collaboration with Goldbar Ventures released a new application that helps children produce photos of themselves growing up. The new tool is called GrowMeUp. It’s based on Luxand’s years of experience developing biometric identification and morphing technologies.

About GrowMeUp

Using GrowMeUp could not be made simpler (after all, the target audience is very young). The user will upload a picture containing their face, specify their gender and ethnicity, and choose among the many professions available. GrowMeUp will then automatically identify the face and its features, “grow it up” by applying Luxand’s proprietary aging technologies, and carefully embed the resulting “adult” face into a photo showing a working professional.

Kids will have a wide range of professions to choose from. GrowMeUp contains photos of the following persons: Astronaut, Chef, Doctor, Firefighter, Lawyer, Policeman, Musician, Teacher, Pilot, Soldier, and Model.

The app is available at Apple Store. The online version is also available to users without an iOS device at http://growmeup.com/




FaceSDK Brings True Motion-Based Face Recognition, Adds iOS and Android Support

08/27/2013

Luxand, Inc. announces a major update to FaceSDK, a leading face recognition and facial feature detection suite. FaceSDK 5.0 adds a multitude of new features, enabling real-time, motion-based subject identification in video streams with no prior enrolment. iOS and Android platforms are now supported, enabling developers build mobile apps implementing facial identification and recognition. In addition, Version 5.0 adds automatic gender recognition and improves face recognition rates compared to earlier releases.

Motion-Based Recognition

The newly developed FaceSDK 5.0 motion-based recognition system enables developers build video-based comprehensive surveillance and security systems, CRM desks and attendance control applications requiring no prior enrolment. Implementing true motion-based recognition and identification, the system offers significantly higher recognition rates compared to current-generation systems based on key frame extraction.

Traditionally, video recognition systems were not built truly motion-based. Instead, still key frames extracted from the video stream were used to identify human faces. This approach discards motion-based information, and requires complex training and lengthy enrolment of each identifiable person. Enrolling subjects could be a lengthy and cumbersome process involving several minutes of posing, and requiring multiple captures from various angles.

Years of research and unique, patent-pending algorithms made true motion-based detection possible in real time. FaceSDK 5.0 employs true motion-based face recognition and identification, eliminating the enrolment procedure completely. Every subject appearing in a video is automatically identified and tagged. Enrolling the subject now becomes a simple matter of linking the unique tag to a database record or just putting a name on it.

iOS and Android Support

Mobile developers can now use the many features available in the mobile version of FaceSDK. Working on Apple iOS and Android platforms, FaceSDK 5.0 can be used to develop the widest range of mobile apps for the two popular platforms. Luxand published a demo tool in Apple Store and in Google Play. Developers can download the demo by looking up Luxand Face Recognition app in Apple Store and in Google Play.


Automated Gender Recognition

FaceSDK 5.0 adds the ability to automatically identify gender of a person appearing in the picture or video. This feature is in high demanded by retail advertisers and marketing specialists. Success rate is 93% on still pictures, and 97% in motion video streams.

Improved Recognition Quality

Version 5.0 improves face recognition quality on still images once again, reducing false rejection rate to only 6.7% (down from 9.9% in version 4.0) based on FRGC tests. The false rejection rate is calculated based on 0.1% false acceptance.

Pricing and Availability

Luxand FaceSDK 5.0 is immediately available. Version 5.0 constitutes a major upgrade. Users of previous versions are recommended to update their product to the latest release. A 20% early adopter discount is available on all upgrades. This limited-time offer is available to existing licensed users of FaceSDK 4.0, and expires on September 30, 2013.




Create Personalized Promo Campaigns Starring Your Customers

05/15/2013

We invented a revolutionary new way to target your audience in animated commercials. Let your customers be the stars of your commercials! Imagine a video clip promoting a revitalizing crème, selling a beach vacation or advertising winter sports – starring your customers. Our innovative technology allows creating realistic 3D avatars from any frontal face picture. We already tested the technology on several portals with great results, and we invite you to join.

Place your customers in your commercials in just seconds by simply snapping their picture and pushing a button! In just a brief moment, a video clip will begin, starring your customer. Be it an ad promoting a new line of cosmetics, girlie things or a cool macho product, the highly personalized effect of your hi-tech ad is a sure way to impress the customer.

Check out http://luxand.com/smileys/, an app that can turn any facial photo into a set of animated smileys with a range of facial expressions. Our 3D modeling technology is not limited with just smileys. You can use it to produce animated cartoons and 3D movies with 3D actors and models that look like those on the photo.

Interested? Joining is easy. No upfront payment is required. We’ll help you make use of our technology with your video clips – free of charge. The use of our services will be offered at a low cost of just 25 cents per incident if purchasing blocks of 10,000 requests per month.

More information about the new technology is available at http://luxand.com/smileys/




Develop Your Very Own Product with Hi-End 3D Avatar Modeling Technology

05/07/2013

We invented a great technology allowing to create realistic 3D avatars from any frontal face picture. While we are using this technology in our own tools and Web sites, we’re inviting everyone to join.

What can it look like? Check out http://luxand.com/smileys/, an app that can turn any facial photo into a set of animated smileys with a range of facial expressions. Of course, our 3D modeling technology is not limited with just smileys. You can use it to produce animated cartoons and 3D movies with 3D actors and models that look like those on the photo. Models are able to express a range of emotions such as anger, laugher, stress, smile, and so on. The models can then be rendered in one of the popular graphic formats (e.g. GIF) to be used in mobile applications, animated postcards, chats, games and social networks.

Interested? Joining is easy. No upfront payment is required. We offer this technology on revenue-share basis, asking a small percentage-based commission from each sale of a product based on our technology. In addition, a nominal monthly fee is charged to cover the use of our cloud Web service. Our approach is simple and straightforward. You own 100% of the final product, paying us some 10% of revenue brought by that product.

More information about the new technology is available at http://luxand.com/smileys/




Luxand Develops 3D Avatar Modeling Technology

01/30/2013

We have invented yet another technology. This time it’s about creating 3D avatars out of facial photos. We already tested the technology in one of our own tools, PhotoSmileys. The app allows creating animated smileys with a range of facial expressions out of a single picture containing a person’s face. It works like a charm:

The new avatar technology can automatically turn any facial photograph into a convincing animated 3D model. That model will be able to express a wide range of emotions such as anger, laugher, stress, smile, and so on. The models can then be rendered in one of the popular graphic formats (e.g. GIF) to be used in mobile applications, animated postcards, chats, games and social networks.

You won’t have to install or configure anything if you decide to make use of our new technology. We are about to start providing access to the API hosted on our servers. Please feel free to contact us to discuss the details!

More information about the new technology is available at http://luxand.com/smileys/




Limited-time event: Mirror Reality: Aging free license giveaway

01/15/2013


We want to share some holiday spirit with those who need it most, and are offering a limited-time giveaway. Request your Mirror Reality: Aging license before January 31, 2013, and receive a license for absolutely free!

Who Can Apply for a Free License

We are giving away the free licenses to social agencies, non-commercial organizations and educational facilities. Are you a college, university or charity? Get in touch soon to claim your free license! Hurry up, the time is limited: we are giving away licenses until January 31, 2013!

What is Mirror Reality: Aging

Mirror Reality: Aging is a software tool that turns your webcam-equipped PC into a magic mirror, altering age of whoever looks into it. With Mirror Reality: Aging, you can make people suddenly look older by simply moving the slider:

http://www.luxand.com/mirror-reality/

Mirror Reality: Aging is a perfect anti-drug propaganda tool: you can use it to show how a drug addict will look like in just a few years. Highly sophisticated and thoroughly optimized biometric morphing and animation algorithms deliver convincing real-time performance with no perceivable lag.

Get Your Free License

To help us issue your license faster, make sure you know which PC, workstation or server will be used to host Mirror Reality: Aging, as we’ll need that computer’s Hardware ID to produce your free license.




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