“My Idol” Is The App Of Your Dreams And Nightmares
If you’ve spent even an hour on the internet in the past day or so, you’ve certainly seen the fruits of “My Idol,” a Chinese app that’s like Bitmoji at karaoke after a few Jagerbombs. The premise of the app is simple: Upload your picture, marvel in the eerie accuracy of face recognition technology, and then get to downloading various outfits, hairstyles and scenarios to insert your new uncanny valley-fied self.
Here I am, dressed as a ram for Chinese New Year:
The app itself is relatively intuitive, despite the fact the the whole thing is in Chinese. Kotaku has a pretty extensive walkthrough that will guide you in all of your avatar-laden fantasies, but once you get the hang of it, turning yourself into the Chinese pop star of your dreams is the best way to lose three hours of your evening:
Here is Amelia, dressed as a casual soccer mom, doing the most inappropriate dance I have ever seen an animated character perform:
I WILL NEVER LOVE ANOTHER APP MORE THAN MYIDOL A video posted by Amelia McDonell-Parry (@ameliamagritte) on
The face recognition on this thing is actually brilliant, and apparently, it can handle more than just human faces. For example, Amelia’s dog, Lucca, looks stunning as a humanoid with an emo swoop and shorteralls:
And here she is as a leather daddy with adorable schoolgirl braids:
While we could spam this post with a million videos that we’ve made in the past two days, most of which have brought us to tears, we defer to teens, the arbiter of modern culture, for their innovative and arresting takes:
The app is availble for iPhone on the app store, and I am told that you can get it for your Android here. Good luck and godspeed.