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This Webcam App Hides Your Face Behind a Creepy Virtual Mask

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Have you ever wanted to disguise or alter your webcam identity and totally creep out your friends at the same time? A new "face substitution" browser application designed by Audun Mathias Øygard makes it possible. 
 
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The facial recognition code works in real time, mapping the dimensions of the user's face and superimposing one of many available “masks” (everything from Chuck Norris to the Mona Lisa) from a drop-down menu. The result is just as unnerving as it sounds.
 
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Øygard's work was inspired by the 2012 art installation “Faces” by Arturo Castro and Kyle McDonald, which is equally disturbing – as you can see in the image below (visit Castro's website for more nightmarish examples).
 
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Want to try it on for size? Fire up your webcam and test out the face substitution app at this link.
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