What Animal? by Adelaide, Australia developer Scott Vallance makes use of sophisticated computer vision research to deliver simple harmless fun on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Using a technique called Eigenfaces, and the facial detection algorithms built into iOS 5.1 , What Animal? searches for human faces in photos and finds corresponding matches from a library of cute and funny animal faces. All animal faces are sourced from and appropriately credited to Flickr's excellent selection of Creative Commons licensed photographs. What Animal? lets users share their hilarious matches on Facebook and Twitter. Its free and available now on the App Store.
An appropriate way to match human and animal faces is an interesting problem, 'What Animal?' developer Scott Vallance explains more in detail on his blog. Cats eyes and genetic relationship between Humans and Chimpanzees all had to be overcome in order for the results to be convincing and repeatable. No special knowledge is required to use 'What Animal?' which hides its smarts under an intuitive interface.
What Animal? finds the matches that are most surprisingly similar within its database of animal photos. These are display with a percentage score which represents exactly how much more the face in question looks like the matched animal than the general population.
What Animal? 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.