At the top of the New Year, let’s take a moment to celebrate last year’s accomplishments. 2016 was a landmark year for Facetopo. After nearly two years of development, the Facetopo app dropped in the itunes App store in March, and the Googleplay store in April. Word of our global citizen science project spread organically via science festivals, tech events, word-of-mouth, and social media, and we finished the year with nearly 2000 unique users from all around the world.
When we reached our first 1K Users milestone In October we analyzed the facial landmark data and learned that reproducibility needed improvement. We jumped right back into app development: Facetopo 2.0 makes huge leaps in usability and accuracy. We’ve greatly simplified the User experience by developing an app that automatically places facial landmarks onto the User selfies. Facetopo 2.0 is currently in Beta and we anticipate a February release. We are getting close to completing our first round of Beta-testing for Facetopo 2.0. Sign up to help Betatest 2.0 (we only need about 20 more testers!)
The Facetopo App is out in the wild and we're excited to see what we'll learn from it. Thanks to all who have joined the Facetopo community and donated your Facetopos to science!
Thanks to all for making our betalaunch a success. We are especially grateful for the support of Catalyst Conversations, Science Cheerleader, Scistarter, The Crowd & The Cloud PBS TV series, Workbar, the Good Ones, the Cambridge Science Festival, and Betabound, as well as Boston-area Meetup groups Nerdnite, Quantified Self, Datavis, Tech Poetics, and Camera Culture.
Mark your calendars! We've got lots in the works for 2017: February 10: Look for Facetopo 2.0 in iTunes App store February 18-19: Facetopo at AAAS Family Science Days, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA April 15: Facetopo at the Cambridge Science Festival Science Carnival/Robot Zoo, Cambridge, MA