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Technology Hyper-realistic masks can fool us just like in Mission: Impossible

04:05  21 november  2019
04:05  21 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The wily agents in Mission : Impossible make it a habit to fool their enemies by wearing realistic face masks as disguises. Researchers with the University of York in the UK and Kyoto University in Japan discovered that hyper - realistic silicone masks made to mimic everything from freckles to wrinkles to

Would you be fooled ? Scientist reveals how masks that cost just £500 are now so realistic they trick 99% of And suspicions could be raised by how someone speaks as the masks can make it difficult to form Tom Cruise famously radically altered his appearance with masks in the Mission Impossible

The wily agents in Mission: Impossible make it a habit to fool their enemies by wearing realistic face masks as disguises. Mask technology has now gotten to a point where those storylines aren't so impossible after all.

a man looking at the camera: Research Rob Jenkins holds a hyper-realistic mask. University of York© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Research Rob Jenkins holds a hyper-realistic mask. University of York

Researchers with the University of York in the UK and Kyoto University in Japan discovered that hyper-realistic silicone masks made to mimic everything from freckles to wrinkles to hair can trick us into thinking they are real people.

The study, published in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Investigations on Wednesday, involved showing participants from the UK and Japan pairs of photographs, one with a regular person and one with a person wearing the silicone mask. The participants had to pick out which one was a mask, but they got it wrong 20% of the time.

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us to solve this difficult visual test.' Tom Cruise famously radically altered his appearance with masks in the Mission Impossible franchise.Research by York University found people were very bad at spotting people wearing one of the ' hyper - realistic ' masks in photographs and in real life.Dr Rob Jenkins

The ending of Mission : Impossible - Fallout feels like the franchise’s finale. There is no post-credit scene in Mission : Impossible - Fallout. There is no title card that promises “Ethan Hunt will return.” The gentlemen are getting away with the kind of crime that usually takes hyper - realistic face masks

a man looking at the camera: Research Rob Jenkins holds a hyper-realistic mask.© University of York

Research Rob Jenkins holds a hyper-realistic mask.

"In our study, participants had several advantages over ordinary people in everyday life. We made it clear to participants that their task was to identify the mask in each pair of images and we showed them example masks before the test began," said psychologist Rob Jenkins from the University of York in a release on Wednesday.

The researchers expect real-world error rates would be higher since people might not be aware of how realistic masks can be. The BBC reported on a crime earlier this year that involved a person wearing a mask to impersonate a French minister.

We may start seeing more instances like that one. "These masks currently cost around £1,000 each and we expect them to become more widely used as advances in manufacturing make them more affordable," said study researcher Jet Sanders.

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Hyperrealistic mask -maker Landon Meier's eye for the uncanny saw him unleash a shocking hybrid between full-grown man and young girl upon convention-goers at Monsterpalooza 2017 this past April. Now, you can watch a video showcasing his pure delight at freaking people out with the mask below.

Last night I took a trip to see Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation, which has just opened in British cinemas. Sure, you could argue that in the MI universe, where people can wear hyper - realistic face masks , there could conceivably be a need for such a technology, but I mean really?

This goes to show you could be staring right at Tom Cruise and won't even know it.

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