Apple’s iPhone X includes animated emoji that lets device owners send messages animated as a variety of cartoon characters, including a pig, fox, puppy and poop.
This is very likely the result of the 2015 acquisition of Faceshift. Here’s a video I shot of that technology in March 2015:
It looks like the animoji can be received on a wide range of Apple devices through iMessage, but you’ll need the $1,000 iPhone X and its facial recognition technology to capture them and send to family and friends.
Apple also demonstrated the facial recognition for more detailed filters in the Snapchat app. I hope this is a hint of a more advanced roll-out of this animation technology to arrive in the coming years.