If you could look at yourself with your eyes closed, what would you see? Usually, the only time we get to see our closed eyes is in photographs. I wondered, could we create an application that allows us to review the appearance of expressions when our eyes are closed in some kind of real-time experience?
It’s a question that I couldn’t have asked myself a year ago. The beauty of Kyle McDonald’s work, as I’ve discovered in his Appropriating New Technologies class, is that he makes sophisticated complex technologies available to new technologists and inventors, offering an otherwise inaccessible world as a sandbox in which to tinker and play.
Using Jason Saragih’s code and Kyle’s FaceTracker OpenFrameworks wrapper, I wrote about twenty lines of code. Being totally new to C++, I spent many hours just figuring out the syntax. At this point, it’s easy to view my project as just an incredibly elementary utilization of existing code — which, of course, it is. It’s also an opportunity to be grateful to be able to ask big questions, without starting from scratch.
How about, “iClosed”? You can view my source code here: