Morphing has been around for awhile, but I guess processing power is so cheap that this site, MorphThing.com, can offer as a free online service. Jeremy Bailenson, a professor in my department at Stanford, has made a nice little research program out of using morphing technology as an experimental manipulation. For example, see how Kerry could have won the 2004 election with morphiong technology. So, I had to check it out for myself.
First, I uploaded my son’s picture. Silly mistake – you want to upload pictures of parents not kids! So, I uploaded pictures of myself, my wife and all 4 grandparents of our kids. Then, it takes about 10-15 minutes per picture to place markers to enable the morphing. Once that it is done, however, you can then morph any picture against any other one or against any one of hundreds of celebrities. You can even morph transformed pictures with each other without any other manual effort.
So, I merged my wife and me together. Do you think it looks like my real daughter?
And here’s what it looks like when you merge my son with Angelina Jolie:
After wasting a few hours on this, I have only one definitive conclusion: this morphing stuff is spooky!