November 16, 2018 10:00 am

Introducing Emoji8

By / Program Manager, Partners, Analytics, and Essential Experiences Team

Emoji 8 Logo.

How can I make machine learning fun and approachable for my non-tech-savvy friends and family? How can I make an app that maximizes the usage of my Windows 10 hardware? How can I test out my craziest facial expressions and get them scored by science?

Emoji8, now available for free in the Microsoft Store and open-sourced on GitHub, can answer all of these questions and more!

What is Emoji8?

Emoji8 is sample UWP application that uses Windows Machine Learning to evaluate your facial expressions while you imitate a random selection of emojis. The app takes in a video feed from your computer’s webcam and evaluates the images with the FER+ Emotion Recognition model version 1.2 locally on your machine. You can tweet a gif summarizing your best scoring pics when you have an internet connection and continue playing even when you don’t have one!

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.

Getting Started

To download Emoji8 from the Store, make sure you’re using the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

To start playing with its open-source code, make sure Visual Studio 2017 (Version 15.7.4 or newer) is installed with the Windows 10 SDK Build 17763.

Providing Feedback

Because Emoji8 is open-source, we highly encourage the community to submit any PRs with changes or enhancements.

Staying Informed

To stay up to date with Emoji8 news, follow @killianqueue on Twitter!

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