Today, TechCrunch reports that Apple has confirmed the purchase with the customary statement: “Apple buys small technology companies from time to time, and we don’t normally discuss our purpose or plans” .
So, although we don’t know the intentions of the apple, there is no doubt that Faceshift technology has many particularly interesting applications on mobile devices, including its integration among the iOS game development APIs, or within the system itself as a method for introducing emoticons based on our gestures or, directly, replacing our face with a virtual avatar in more casual FaceTime video calls.
Faceshift software has been used in the upcoming Star Wars: The Awakening of the Force
Faceshift is a Zurich-based company whose members include Doug Griffin, who is responsible for motion capture in feature films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Van Helsing and the (infamous) second Star Wars trilogy (Episodes I, II and III) as well as over 25 video games including titles such as Rainbow Six.
Even more interesting, the Faceshift software has been used in the upcoming Star Wars: The Awakening of the Force to capture the facial expressions of the actors and transmit them in real time to animatronics , probably as a tool in a shoot that has been characterized by going in the opposite direction than the last three films by betting on the construction of physical sets and practical special effects to make everything seem more real (also the interpretation of the actors, away from the sterile green backgrounds).
In the second 40 of the behind-the-scenes video of Star Wars Episode VII projected during the last Comic-Con you can see the Faceshift software in action.