A disturbing new iPhone app called Hour Face is freaking out young and old... by making the young look old. Hour Face is an iPhone app created by Motion Portrait inc., a software firm located in Tokyo's Shinagawa ward. The app utilizes some of the iPhone's more advanced capabilities to turn the popular smartphone into a virtual time machine of sorts.
Unfortunately, Hour Face's version of time travel only involves making your face look older... and older... and the process is so realistic that watching it can be quite distressing. Check out the following short video:
Hour Face has enjoyed over 100,000 downloads in Japan alone and it costs 350 yen (about $3.90) there. It's also available on this side of the pond for only $1.99 per download.
Zane Savage conducts a video review of Hour Face that points out some of the lesser known features. For example, once you age an image to the max and shake your smartphone, the on-screen oldster has a short coughing fit. Watch Zane 'splain here:
In a nutshell, take a photo of your face with your iPhone and save it (you can save multiple faces), then start the Hour Face app. Your phone will send the image to a remote server which then sends the image back to your phone as a pseudo 3D image - kinda weird as the image shifts his/her head and blinks.
The freak show is just getting started, though. A scroll bar at the side of the screen allows you to age the image, taking you from the present day to the far future faster than you can say "flux capacitor". You can also de-age yourself, which doesn't work nearly as well - don't expect to morph into your baby pics. Get your own HourFace app here. (via Japan Probe)