Love them or hate them, emojis are now part of our daily lives. Apple has taken them to the next level with Animoji (Animated Emoji) on the iPhone X, you can now choose from a range of emojis including a panda, pig, robot and much more. You can then make it look and say what you want and then send it as an iMessage even to people without an iPhone X because it sends it as a looping video.
It uses Apple's new TrueDepth camera system with its Infrared camera, Flood illuminator, 7MP camera and Dot projector to send over 30,000 invisible dots to map over 50 facial muscles and sends that data to the new A11 Bionic apple designed chip inside the new iPhone X. iOS then gets to work mapping what you said and how you moved your face onto a 3D model of an emoji, it then converts it into a looping video and sends it via iMessage to your friends.
Here are the emojis Apple has for you with Animoji, Let me know in the comments which emoji you would like to be, you can choose from a robot, alien, dog, cat, monkey, pig, fox, poo, panda, chicken, rabbit and even a unicorn. Me personally, I think I want to be the robot.
I would expect Apple to add more options over time, as there are now over 1,400 emojis in the Unicode standard with 72 new emojis announced in June of last year. So expect a lot more Animojis in the future. Which would you like to see added? Let me know in the comments.
Also, let me know which is your favourite emoji to use, the "face with tears of joy" is my favourite and is the among the most used emojis on Twitter, According to Emoji Tracker.
Shigetaka Kurita invented Emoji in 1998 while working for DoCoMo, a large Japanese mobile communication company. He wanted to create a way for users to send pictures back and forth without using much data. The idea was to create a character code that would display as an icon on the other person’s device. Emoji became a widespread success in Japan.
The term 'Emoji' was added as a word to Oxford Dictionaries in 2013 along with several other new words from the Internet, showing just how much new technology is changing the way we communicate with each other.
Apple has always been a big fan of emojis, first adding them into iOS 6 in 2012. They adding more diverse emojis in iOS 8.3 including getting away from the default yellow and branching out into more skin tones, different family and couple types to include gay couples and different numbers of children. In iOS 10 they revamped the emojis to make them more 3D.
Emojis currently have very few expressions but with this new technology they can have an expression and convey any message that you need them to and as Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering said during last weeks Apple Event…
Source: Apple Keynote
I personally can't wait to get my hand on Animoji and try it out on the new iPhone X, when it ships in November. Also, look out for more details on the new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus together with their pricing here on giffgaff.com soon, if you wish to you can register your interest now.