MyIdol is an app that generates 3D avatars (cartoon versions of yourself) using photos of your face. It lets you customize your avatar with different clothes and accessories. It even lets you animate your avatar in different scenes, like pole dancing.
Oh god. I've created a monster.
You create an avatar by importing a photo from your iPhone's camera roll or by taking a selfie. The app scans your photo for a face and will intelligently detect where your eyes, nose, and mouth are.
The app is surprisingly great at facial recognition, though it does take it a while to finish scanning. After your photo is imported, you can move little pointers around to fine tune where your eyes, nose, and mouth are. Then the fun begins.
MyIdol wraps your 2D picture around a 3D avatar to great effect. You can move the avatar around to see different angles and you can customize your creation with different outfits and actions. Most of the app is locked for now, with no way to unlock it for now since this is the Chinese version.
For extra weirdness, try importing your dog's face. Warning: you will be disturbed. Ever wanted to see your dog pole dance? Well now you can, you sick bastard.
English version coming soon
MyIdol is spreading like wildfire throughout China and its hype has made it over to the United States. The company promises to release an English version soon but the version we have now is entirely in Chinese.
That makes navigating MyIdol a tricky affair. I can't read Chinese so I resorted to tapping on everything. Most of the customizations options are locked, with no way to unlock them from what I could tell. I'm pretty certain the English app will support in-app purchases for customizations but it's not ready for the US market yet.
The app is easy to use, with a myriad of sliders to customize your avatar. You can put him/her/it in a scene, including an extremely creepy stripper mode.
It's all fun for about 15 minutes until you realize how pointless this whole app is. I guess people just love looking at themselves.
The Chinese version of JibJab
If you remember JibJab, both companies achieved the same thing. Put peoples' faces on a funny avatar and make them do whacky stuff. It's fun for a short amount of time before you realize no one cares. And that you just wasted real money on buying virtual clothes for a 3D avatar.
Please stop posting videos and photos of your MyIdol on Facebook. No one cares.