Friday, July 2, 2010

Freaky Friday: Future Baby Generator

Not my permanent Friday theme in case anyone was wondering.  But I did get curious last night if a baby generator would actually make a baby that looked like my son if I put in a picture of me and his father.  My virtual baby is not as fat, but it actually does kind of look like our son down to the hair type and eye color.  I think it's more what he'll look like as a toddler.  Freaky!

See the resemblance?

Like I said, not exact but pretty close for a computer generated image using some sort of photo manipulation software and a bit of probability to determine the actual features.  But it has the same whispy hair, same eyebrows, same eye color, same lips, similar eye shape, similar nose, and the same overall head shape minus the fluffy, fat cheeks.  When he loses the baby fat, he'll probably look more like the generated image.

How Does It Work?

Face detection technology like FBI uses in investigations is what makes this possible.  Boy have we come a long way!  At the particular website I went to (, you can upload your own photos, pair one of your photos with something from the celebrity image library, or use two of their celebrity pictures to morph.  For a bit of twisted entertainment, you can morph two people to make an adult face or you can try their beta baby maker.  They even have a random morph selection for those who can't help themselves. Random morphs available for viewing during my visit included Saddam Hussein + Munch's The Scream, Gollum + Angelina, and Zhang Ziyi + Michael Jackson.  More freakishness.

The process involves mapping the general outline of the face and important distinguishing features including the eyes, nose, lips, hair line, and jaw.  If you upload your own pictures, you must do this yourself.  Photos from their library are already prepared for morphing.  If you choose the baby maker, it will ask you the race of the parents before generating the final image.  I started from scratch with two photos and it probably took me about 10 minutes from start to finish including the wait time while the software "morphed"my baby.

There are a few websites that do this, but most of them require a fee or subscription.  MorphThing was free though.

And now.....

I know you're thinking it.

I know you just have to find out.

 it comes....

Are you sure you're ready?

Brace yourself.....

All I have to say is that I hope this isn't accurate, or my son may end up with a complex.  It's Friday.  Go have some fun.  Fun Friday...get it?

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