Intel releases Pocket Avatars, a chat app that maps your facial expressions onto silly characters

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When you think of Intel, you normally think of PC chips, but the company is bucking expectations today with the release of a social app for iOS and Android called Pocket Avatars. The app offers video-like mobile messaging, but it relies on cartoon avatars to relay your facial expressions. Intel VP Mike Bell told TNW that the firm’s Intel Labs division often comes up with futuristic new technologies that never become products. Bell, however, decided that the face-tracking system was too good to pass up. The company ran a beta test of the app last summer. Pocket Avatars uses your...

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