Microsoft’s new experimental app is all about imitating emojis

Emoji8 demonstrates how developers can use Windows Machine Learning APIs.

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Microsoft has released a new app that aims to demonstrate how its Windows Machine Learning APIs can be used to build apps and "make machine learning fun and approachable." Emoji8 is a UWP app that uses machine learning to determine how well you can imitate emojis. As you make your best efforts to imitate a random selection of emojis in front of your webcam, Emoji8 will evaluate your attempts locally using the FER+ Emotion Recognition model, a neural network for recognizing emotion in faces. You'll then be able to tweet a gif of your top scoring images.

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"This app will give you a great end-to-end example of how you can use the Windows ML APIs to create simple yet magical experiences," the company said. And it has made Emoji8's code open-source on GitHub.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has built an app to show off its machine learning services. Back in 2015, it released How-Old.net to demonstrate how its Azure APIs could be used. The site let users upload a picture and from there, it would try to guess their age.

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You can download Emoji8 from the Microsoft Store now, just make sure you're using Windows 10 with the October 2018 update.

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