Facebook introduces AI that opens your eyes when you blink in photos

Jun 19, 2018

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Facebook introduces AI that opens your eyes when you blink in photos

Jun 19, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Someone took a perfect group photo of you and your friends. But oh no, you blinked. Well, Facebook is offering a solution to save a photo ruined by someone’s accidental blinking, so it becomes a social network material after all. They’ve published a research paper about a new method that uses AI to retouch closed eyes in photos.

As the Facebook engineers explain, they use a “novel approach to in-painting.” They use the method called generative adversarial network (GAN), which we have seen in Nvidia’s method that creates fake celebrities. Nvidia has also introduced “content aware method,” but from what we have seen so far, it doesn’t do a great job on the eyes.

Facebook’s system first learns what a person looks like with their eyes open. Considering that many Facebook users have plenty of photos of themselves across the network, I guess there’s plenty of material to analyze. From these photos, the AI learns shape and color of a user’s eyes and it’s able to recreate them when the person has their eyes closed in a photo. The method is still not perfect though: it can struggle with long bangs, glasses and extreme angles. But it’s still in the development phase, and it does a great job on images that aren’t taken in these challenging conditions. Now it remains to be seen whether we’ll have this feature available any time soon.

[via The Verge, image credits: Facebook]

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2 responses to “Facebook introduces AI that opens your eyes when you blink in photos”

  1. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    I prefer the Clockwork Orange approach.

  2. Jacquie Akroyd Avatar
    Jacquie Akroyd

    Looks a creepy result, like the pictures the police use of a dead body with eyes edited open in Photoshop previously just painted open on the picture.