Synthetic data and staged scenarios are often used to help create datasets for machine learning, and now you can add tech-informed artisanal masks painstakingly created in Japan to the list of training sources. Among the 100 or so annual orders that Otsu, Japan-based REAL-f Co, which makes these masks with the help of super-high-res 3D images, receives are automotive, tech, and entertainment companies, as well as governmental organizations. According to Reuters, one Japanese automaker ordered a sleeping face mask to be used in the training of its facial recognition systems for tired driver detection, though they are also being used for portraits and robots. But don’t necessarily plan to use these for Halloween next year; the resin and plastic masks cost about $2,650 a pop.
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