This software lets you try different hair styles

A new imaging software can not only predict how you will look with different hair styles, colours and appearances but can also help find a missing child or someone evading the law.

Called Dreambit, the software has been developed by researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle.

It draws on previous research conducted at the university and elsewhere in facial processing, recognition, 3D reconstruction and age progression, combining those algorithms in a unique way to create the blended images.

After uploading an input photo, you type in a search term such as “curly hair,” “India” or “1930s.”

The software’s algorithms mine internet photo collections for similar images in that category and seamlessly map the person’s face onto the results.

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