Starting with a blank face the user can add, rescale and position different elements (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth) on the blank face. The user can also change the shape of the avatar's face, the avatar's skin color and the color of all the elements. In some implementations, touch input and gestures can be used to manually edit the avatar. Various controls can be used to create the avatar, such as controls for resizing, rotating, positioning, etc. The user can choose between manual and automatic avatar creation. The avatar editing environment can be part of a framework that is available to applications. One or more elements of the avatar can be animated.
The patent is of particular interest following multiple rumors that suggest Apple will equip the new iPhone 8 with 3D sensing capabilities. The new front facing 3D sensing camera could enable numerous capabilities including facial recognition, automated avatar creation, augmented reality views, and more.
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