What it is: Animoji is Apple’s latest feature that translates your facial gestures into animated emojis.
Animoji is Apple’s latest feature that uses facial recognition to match your face movements and convert them into an animated emoji. The original idea was to allow users to create short, animated messages. Instead of using static emojis, animated emojis lets you add humor and visual aspects to your messages.
By itself, animojis may seem fairly trivial for practical application, but it’s often the silliest uses for technology that gets the widest adoption that turns into something useful later. In the case of animojis, people are crating animated music videos mimicking the actual music videos, such as having animojis singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
For now, animojis can help further promote the iPhone as the only smartphone that allows animojis, but tracking and animating human gestures could have practical uses. Mechanics often need to fix cars, engines, planes, tractors, and other mechanical devices using paper manuals that display static images. A video of a procedure may not always be clear because of all the additional items in the way, but an animated procedure could eliminate any extra items that may distract from a procedure and simply show an animated view instead. Such animated views could show real items as transparent objects so you can easily see past them and get a clearer idea of how every part works.
Remember that playing around and having fun is usually the beginning of more important uses for technology. Back in the old days of computers, people used punch cards to program computers. Then researchers hooked up a TV screen to allow users to type commands directly on the screen, eliminating punch cards altogether. Having a TV screen connected to the computer led to MIT hackers creating the Spacewar video game, which heralded the entire video game industry.
What can animojis foreshadow? At this point, who knows, but it’s fun and interesting technology that will likely find a practical use eventually. For now, just enjoy fun examples of music videos converted into singing animojis.