It's Friday… Why not talk about something light and fun?! A few months ago my brother sent me a picture of himself from a trip with his fiance to her home town. This particular brother is 6'0 tall and 175-180lbs soaking wet, but in the picture he looked 300lbs! I was hooked. I thought how funny it would be to take pictures of my friends, kids, and myself stretching the faces to cartoonish size.
It's A Novelty but it's Fun
Let's be honest. Fatbooth is a novelty. It's not something that has any real practical use, but it's a lot of fun. The really great thing about this App being a novelty though, is that the designers could spend a lot of time making it do the one thing that it was built for really, really well. Loading an image into the App is really, easy. You can either use the built in camera on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and take a picture with the built in camera App, or you can choose an image from your image gallery. The developers recommend a front facial image for the feature recognition algorithm to work correctly. Let's talk about that algorithm for a minute. It works remarkably well. The App places feature markers where it thinks these features are. You of course are able to move the feature markers if they haven't been placed in the correct spot, but I have found that the App does a pretty good job of locating the points on it's own. It looks for the eyes, mouth and chin, so these aren't too difficult to find.
If you don't like what the image looks like after the transformation, you can shake your iOS device to return to the original image and start over. Of course there are multiple ways to share your newly created image with the world. You can save it to your camera roll, post it on Twitter, Facebook, or email it.
I have to tell you, this app does a pretty good job of making your image look like you only a lot heavier. I posted the image of myself from the top of this review on my Facebook Page and had people that have known me for years believing that I was stung by a bee. For the cheap price of $.99 it's worth it just to see what you would look like +300lbs.