Updated: May 30
Did you know you can take selfies for science? Facetopo is a global citizen science project. The Facetopo app uses face-mapping technology to make a 3D map of your face from a sequence of pictures. To make a Facetopo you create a private account accessible only by you. (Facetopo does not share your selfies or your facemap without permission.) When you make a Facetopo, you contribute your facial data to the private and secure Facetopo database, and you'll be able to see your face within the context of the visual encyclopedia of faces that Facetopo is building. Facetopo is a huge science project: our goal is to collect 10,000 faces to help us see similarities and differences in faces around the world. When we have 5,000 faces we will build our first face-tree, so join the Facetopo community now and be a part of citizen science history!
Ready to do some science? Making a Facetopo is not difficult, but does require a little effort. We encourage you to make at least two Facetopos to minimize errors. If you decide to make 3 or even 4 Facetopos, you will get to see your 3D face in different ways. To learn how to use the app, keep reading!
STEP 0: DOWNLOAD THE APP
The Facetopo app is available *free* in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
STEP 1: CREATE AN ACCOUNT
Each User needs their own account. Why create an account? You'll be credited when we publish scientific findings. You'll be notified when your face-family grows. You'll want to access your to personalize the analytics and see how your face compares to others, and see where you sit on the global facetree.
STEP 2: CAPTURE SELFIES
To take high-quality selfies of the front and side of your face, make sure that your eyebrows and ears are visible from both front and side, your device is flat on a wall, you are free of jewelry and glasses, and that you have good lighting (no shadows).
You may need to practice turning your head to profile. No need to peek at the camera when you are in profile -- the app snaps the pics automatically. We suggest finding a point directly to 3 o'clock to spot. (Don't worry about getting it perfect -- you can RETAKE.)
STEP 3: SELFIE CHECK
Check your selfies. Decide if this set meets all of the criteria. (You can RETAKE as many times as you like!)
STEP 4: CHECK YOUR FACEMAP - FRONT
When mapping your face, position the dots as shown in the example on your face. Follow the instructions that are given as well.
STEP 5: MAKE YOUR FACEMAP - SIDE
Now follow the instructions and place the dots onto your pic as shown in the examples.
STEP 6: ALIGN IN 3D
For aligning the 3D face, use the sliders to adjust the map up and down, side to side, or forwards and backwards. The app steps you through it, and on the last screen you are able to adjust all 3 sliders.
STEP 7: SEND DATA AND SHARE YOUR 3D FACE
Submit your face data and receive your 3D facetopo. You can share it with your friends.
(Shown here is the 3D facemap you get when you make your 4th Facetopo.)
Thanks for playing!