We knew our obscure collection of facial contortion capabilities would pay off sooner or later. A new project from the University of Bath called "Empathic Painting" reads the mood on your face and paints accordingly, sending you into a spiral of despair with the skill only a machine could manage. The researchers involved have cooked up some nifty algorithms to decide if you're angry, despairing, cheerful or just plain crazy based on your facial expressions. These emotional stats are then sent to the imaging program where the painting style and colors are switched out on the fly -- well, at 4 frames per second -- to match your feelings. For some reason we can imagine having a lot of dumb fun with this one.

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