SwiftKey has announced the launch of a new feature called Puppets for users of its mobile keyboard beta app for Android.
Puppets are AR-based animated emoji that will mimic your facial expressions in the form of your artificial virtual character. At the moment, there is a choice between 5 different animated virtual characters, and each one of them will mimic your facial expressions as well as your head movements.
The feature requires a device running on at least Android 7.0 Nougat or above to work. There are five different characters Cat, Dinosaur, Dog, Owl, and Panda. Additionally, users can also use these puppets to record short videos of up to 30 seconds that they can share as well with friends and family.
The SwiftKey Puppets feature uses artificial intelligence (AI) that has been trained using thousands of images and videos of people making different expressions to track and record facial movements. To use a puppet, open the SwiftKey Beta keyboard, and tap the ‘panda’ icon from the toolbar. At first, the default puppet is set to panda but you can also choose between the other available four characters by pressing the download button present at the right bottom.
Once you have chosen your puppet, you’ll need to adjust your face to get started. Further, you can press the red record button to make a short clip of up to 30 seconds that can be shared through most social and messaging apps. Puppets is only available for Android users as of now.
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