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SMILEFECTION
BEZALEL ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DESIGN JERUSALEM
YURI KLEBANOV, ROI RONN, YONATAN BEN YAAKOV

20-Smile


Smilefection is a showcase of the infectious nature of smiling. The user is presented with a slideshow of smiling faces. The moment the user is “infected” by one of the smiles appearing on the screen and smiles themself, a webcam snaps a photo and their smiling face becomes a part of the slideshow.
Simple data analysis can then show the expansion of the “Smiles Epidemic”, and rate our users by the contagiousness of their smile. In this way, face detection and computer vision analysis done by machine, stimulate emotional reactions by viewers. The atomization of vision in this respect creates a feedback loop with the “real world”, activated by our reaction to what we see.

YURI KLEBANOV (B. 1984), interactive designer, technology addict, gamer and a couch-surfer. Currently working at Innovid, an online interactive video advertising startup. Holds a B.Des in Visual Communications from Bezalel – Academy of Art and Design in Jeruslalem. He dreams of expanding his knowledge, experience and level up in the game of life by successfully admitting to the MIT Media Lab Arts and Sciences Program. [PORTFOLIO]

ROI RONN (B. 1984), developer and technology enthusiast based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Roi is about to finish a B.Sc. in computer science in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and earns his living by working in a cyber-security oriented startup. He is happily married to Hadar, and is excited to be working and exploring in an era in which technology is forcing us to reconsider everything we know about communication and human interactions.

YONATAN BEN YAAKOV (B. 1984), worked as a Software Engineer for Google in Tel-Aviv from 2007 to 2013. He is now pursuing personal goals and hobbies such as cooking, acting, and traveling. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Open University of Israel.