Avatar mirrors users facial expressions in real-time using a standard webcam
A Keio University group, led by Associate Professor Yasue Mitsukura, has developed a method for measuring which way a person is facing and how their expression changes. This system achieves high speed and high precision, using an ordinary PC and a USB camera. Koichi Takahashi:
“We think this system could be used by CG animation hobbyists, in Web dialog systems that show a character instead of the person’s face, and for making characters move in real time at events. Because the system uses just one PC and one camera, it can be applied in many situations very easily.”
How long will it be ‘til they start using 3d imaging of real people for the avatars?
Hello hyper-real immersive computer gaming & sci-fi-like digital cloning of humans!
A nod to brilliant sci-fi author Alastair Reynolds for the ‘digital cloning of humans’ reference.