We all love a little fun to distract us from the hardcore tech news that makes the world go round - at least it does here at Tech.co.uk - so what better than a piece of software that can transform still images into rictus grinning animated marionettes?
The eponymously titled Japanese software in question is from Motion Portrait Inc , a firm that spun out of a defunct Sony research group last month. It is intended for creating avatars in mobile phones and similar gadgets with cameras.
Snap and go
In action, Motion Portrait is simplicity itself - it takes a single photograph, analyses the position of the facial features and creates a map of the head, which it then animates.
Possibly seeking better applications in future, the company suggests Motion Portrait might be used in advertising and for simulating new haircuts or spectacles. Just don't miss out on the dog, ok?