3D- animated selfies, which respond to touch: Smokerface 2.0

The new version of the app Smokerface has been made available in the last few weeks.

If you are reading this article on a smartphone, you can download the app by clicking on this link:


What’s new?

– The selfies are converted into 3D animated faces

– These 3D animations respond to touch when the app is running; they can be easily made to cough and sneeze; the 3D animation’s eyes follow the user’s finger as they control the animation

– The app works on your phone even when you are offline; this feature is particularly important due to data protection legislation

– The timeline is now 1,3,6,9,12 and 15 years

– The animations themselves and the graphs are both high resolution, which makes them look very realistic (you can share your pictures with friends using WhatsApp or by using other social media platforms.)

– A smoking animation has been added to the infographic

– Increased market presence through the use of utility programs such as Tapestream, Parse and Everyplay

What does the feedback tell us?

– The latest version of the smartphone app has achieved an average rating of 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 stars in 32 reviews so far, presumably due to high customer satisfaction.


How will the app be distributed?

– The app is becoming increasingly popular among the general population thanks to my cross-promotion idea, which features in our successful smokerstop app. In addition to this, medical students in our network are translating the app into nine different languages in nine different countries. (Details:https://educationtobacco.org)

– Through the use of a poster campaign and letters to parents, the effectiveness of the app will be evaluated by installing the app on students’ smartphones in a multicenter study in cooperation with, among others, the Harvard Medical School: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02544360

Titus J. Brinker has given the app a new function for our school prevention program, which is attended by around 20,000 high school students per year. The students will be taught how to install the app. They can then connect their phones to a projector using apple airplay technology or by using a similar product. We can then randomly select or target a certain student’s smartphone using our computers/iPads/smartphones and display what is on their phone so that everyone in the class knows what is being displayed on the smartphone at the time. The student who owns the smartphone can then select their selfie and integrate it with the animation, they can then edit it in the app and everyone can view it on the projector. Students who do not have a smartphone will have the opportunity to take part by using iPads to integrate their faces into the app and connect them to the projector. The smokerface app is becoming an interactive and exciting group exercise in in the classroom in which the students themselves take center stage and can design the intervention strategy with their smartphones. It is also technologically feasible to project the content of several smartphone screens simultaneously using the projector. I am currently exploring the idea with different companies.

Both smoking intervention strategies will result in the app being installed on a large number of young people’s smartphones, who can change the appearance of their faces as well as the faces of people from their wider social circle. In addition, our smokerface app tells users about our free quit app smokerstop, which I was also able to develop with funding from the German Heart Foundation.

Who sponsored the project?

I provided the idea, concept, functionality and design myself and the programming was done by me in close collaboration with service companies.

– The programming for the first version of the app was financed by the German Center for Lung Research.

The updated version of the app was made possible by the very generous support of the German Heart Foundation.

–The New England Journal of Medicine editor-in-chief introduces the app alongside me in a video funded by the German Center for Lung Research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyDjDDazkNE

We would like to thank everyone who supported us throughout this project and we hope you are as excited as we are about the versatility and positive feedback we have received about this widely appealing modern prevention tool.

Here you can find the first scientific publication about the app which features the German Center for Lung Research and the German Heart Foundation: http://www.jmir.org/2015/7/e186/