It's Face-Off For Real, And Goodness, It's So Creepy

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"The RealFace" (yes, the) is a highly realistic mask. Its maker, Japan-based Real-f, says the mask can be a "memorial portrait" for friends and family. What do I say? It's creepy.

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It’s creepy because The RealFace is so damn realistic-looking. The mask is made by taking facial impressions and photos. From that, Real-f can reproduce your mug, right down to your pores. Here, have a look:

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Recently on Japanese television, Real-f did a mask of popular comedian Masatoshi Hamada. (Hamada is part of a comedy duo with Hitoshi Matsumoto, who is known in the West for Big Man Japan.) This, of course, resulted in putting Hamada's mask on a variety of different people—and even on different things, such as a mechanical roach:

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It costs 300,000 yen (US$3,189) to make the first mask and takes about two weeks to receive via delivery after visiting Real-f's studio. A second mask costs 60,000 yen ($638). That, I guess, is a deal.

Real-f was working on "The RealHead", which was a realistic head mannequin. However, it's shelved that project to concentrate on a "soft" version of The RealFace. So look forward to that!

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ガキ使 板尾の浜田ベガス [2ch]

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