If you’ve ever found yourself just wanting to disappear for a while, there may soon be an app for that.
The developer, Kazuya Noshiro, CEO of game development company ViRD, shared a short video of his face (mostly) camouflaged into the backdrop of his kitchen.
It’s still not perfect. The top and sides of Noshiro’s head are still visible, and there are little slits where his eyes and mouth should be, making him look more like he’s wearing a Spirited Away mask than an invisibility cloak.
But the mask itself perfectly imitates the wall behind it, and smoothly adapts to the changing background as Noshiro moves his head.
Noshiro told Twitter followers he made the app in Unity, a game development engine developed by Unity Technologies.
There are a few ways you might be able to use this app, beyond its obvious purpose of making your own videos very creepy. You could use it to edit the faces of your least favorite actors out of movies. Or, you could “disappear” the faces of politicians you hate to make Presidential debates a more bearable experience. It’s unclear how versatile this app will be — but we hope the potential to eliminate those we despise is in there somewhere.
And of course, the question of the hour: Who gets the app? Noshiro noted that he used the iPhone X to create the effect. It could be that the the TrueDepth camera, the only smartphone camera on the market with the necessary sensory technology to enable Animoji and FaceID, is necessary to power this function as well. If that’s the case, it might be exclusive to iPhone X users upon release.
But when it comes to augmented reality, some Android phones are hot on Apple’s heels. Google in particular is taking AR very seriously: It recently released Star Wars AR stickers for the Pixel 2’s top-notch camera, and they look super realistic. So it’s not unthinkable that we may see this app, and others like it, on the Google Play Store soon enough.
But for now, keep an eye on the App Store, and start brainstorming which politician you want to make disappear the most.