How a Forensic Artist 'Aged' Madeleine McCann


A forensic artist isn't always needed to create an age-enhanced image. Toronto-based AprilAge Development Inc. has created face-aging software that uses a picture of an individual along with information about the person's age, sex and ethnicity.

That information is compared with the company's database of thousands and thousands of head scans. An average of that data is applied to the person's face and an age-enhanced image is created.

The software, which has been primarily used to show the affects of smoking and obesity, is currently being used for an exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre. But the company's website also allows people to send in a picture to be age enhanced.

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