— Mashable (@mashable) April 23, 2015
Everybody loves a good app, even if they’re only fun for a hot second.
The newest bizarre entertainment you can have in the palm of your hands is My Idol, a Chinese app that allows you to turn yourself, your friends, family – anyone, really – into creepy-yet-oddly-charming avatars.
Myidol is obvs just a trick to get us all to scan our faces into some foreign database but I’m doing it anyway and am not looking back.
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) April 24, 2015
The upside is that the app allows you total creative expression. First, you take a picture of your (or someone else’s) face. The app scans the image and plants you on a blank canvas avatar of sorts. Then you get to pick your age, skin tones, hairstyle, clothes, and more by clicking through a pleasingly wide variety of options.
After you’re satisfied with your new identity, you can choose from a bunch of different activities like singing, motorcycle riding – even pole dancing – for a final result that allows you to explore even your most secret fantasies.
*skips first child’s birth to create the perfect myidol avatar*
— Chris Melberger (@chrismelberger) April 24, 2015
At the moment, you can find tons of awesome (and nightmarish) My Idol avatars taking over the internet. Some kind soul even made an English-language guide to help you out so that you won’t accidentally upload your video to a Chinese social platform (yes, that’s a real option).
Naturally, I made a humanoid R2D2 showing off his pole-dancing routine. Happy Friday!
Do you have My Idol yet? Find out why the new app is taking the web by storm.