Realistic Masks from Japan Find Demand from Tech Industry
A small company based in the western prefecture of Shiga is reportedly receiving a healthy demand for its super-realistic face masks from the tech industry, with clients ordering from as far as Saudi Arabia.
The company produces masks, made out of resin and plastic, which accurately replicate a person’s face down to fine lines and skin texture. REAL-f Co. founder Osamu Kitagawa says that they ship around 100 orders per year to clients in the entertainment, automobile, technology and security. Each mask costs around $2,650.
One of the company’s clients is a Japanese car maker that uses the mask to improve its facial recognition technology. Kitagawa says he hopes developers would enhance face identification accuracy using his realistic masks.