A new app for iOS claims to be able to take a photograph of someone and spit out the same photo but with a smile on the subject’s face, and when it works, it actually makes a pretty good fist of it, too. Unfortunately, it may not be 100% successful, but perfection is rarely attainable in this world.

The app, which is unimaginatively called FaceApp, is available to download from the App Store and won’t cost a penny. What makes that even more impressive is the fact it claims to use neural networks in order to take a person’s face and paste a smile over the top of it.

In our testing, it does a pretty decent job of doing exactly that, although it can get a little flakey when you start to add facial hair into the mix or the person in the photo is not looking at the camera squarely. If we are absolutely honest though, it’s a little bit of a miracle that this app works at all, and when you add in the fact that it can also make people look older or younger, the deal becomes even sweeter.

The app offers up a couple of other effects too, though they leave a lot to be desired. Being completely free, however, it’s worth checking out even if it is just to put great big smiles on people.

Oh, and neural networks – who doesn’t love the idea of using an app that takes advantage of neural networks? We live in the future, people!

If there is one thing we always hoped that advanced computer technology would be able to do, it was to give us a way of turning any photo of any person into one that shows them beaming like they just won the Lotto.

Not really, but we all have to start somewhere, don’t we?

(Download: FaceApp: Free Neural Face Transformations for iPhone on the App Store)

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