iPhone X hit the market in November 2017 with a beautiful edge-to-edge screen and eye-catching design. For many people, however, the application of this £ 1000 / $ 1000 smartphone was the ability to make a puddle of poo.
That is not intended to degrade Apple’s achievements in any way. You see, Animoji acts as a perfectly brief demonstration of the most advanced feature of the iPhone X: facial mapping through its TrueDepth camera.
In this article, we are going to spend a little time explaining what exactly Animoji is and how they work. The second half of the piece will be devoted to explaining how to use this unique communication tool.
What is Animoji?
Animoji explains his function in his name. They are, literally, “animated emoji,” emojis that are the expressive icons of cartoons that you see attached to instant messages and publications in social networks.
More specifically, Animoji is Apple’s attempt to overload the emoji medium using your own facial and vocal expressions.
Currently, you can only access them through the iPhone X, since they use the TrueDepth camera of that phone, mostly a set of front sensors, cameras, and projectors, to map and monitor the user’s face.
By living entirely within the Messages app, Animoji takes the form of a dozen 3D cartoon faces, including a monkey, a robot, a unicorn and, yes, a lot of feces. Each face has been animated so that the movement of its main facial muscles, as well as its complete orientation, can imitate theirs in real time.
You can record and send animated messages in ten seconds using these Animoji, along with the microphone of the iPhone X. If you want to tell your friend something like a cartoon dog, follow these instructions step by step.
How to use Animoji On iPhone X
Open Messages and select an existing message chain or start a new one. Touch the application logo to the left of the iMessage text field, then select the small monkey icon to start the Animoji process.
Choose which Animoji face you want from the vertical scroll list of 12 on the left. If you want a broader overview, press the gray line at the top of the Animoji panel to show all available Animoji at once.
Next, hold the iPhone X in front of your face, as you do when you start a Face ID unlocking. Apple recommends the length of an arm or closer, which works at 10-20 inches.
If there is a yellow box around the enlarged Animoji, it means that your face is still not being scanned. Adjust the angle or distance of the phone until it disappears. You may be asked to touch the screen to resume.
Pull some silly faces to verify that the Animoji is tracking your face properly, and also so that the people around you feel uncomfortable. Once this is done, press the red registration circle in the bottom right of the Animoji window to start your message.
Remember that it’s not just about your facial expressions: your voice will also be recorded, so think of something quick to say.
You can press the stop button to end the message, or simply keep the pace until the fixed limit of 10 seconds is reached.
Your Animoji message will play instantly, but you can start other plays by pressing the circular update button on the right. Switch to another Animoji at this point, and your ‘performance’ will be transferred immediately.
At this point, the record/stop button becomes an arrow-shaped send button, allowing you to send your Animoji quickly.
When you want to add text to the message, merely touch Animoji, and it will appear as an iMessage preview bubble in the previous thread, along with a text field. Write your message and press the arrow to send your multimedia masterpiece.
You can also place a static Animoji tag, essentially a custom-made emoji, in the iMessage thread.
Simply hit the pose you want with your chosen Animoji, then touch and drag it wherever you want in the thread. Perfect for those moments when only a “thoughtful emoticon” will do.
Do you want to save those treasured Animoji messages or share them with other services? Simply touch and hold an Animoji inside a message thread, and select Save.
Now you will have this saved as a standard video in the Albums> Videos section of the Photos application. From here you can also share your Animoji using any messaging service or social network you want.