Japanese develop real-time facial movement in avatars via webcam

Animated character reacts to a real person's facial movements

In this DigInfo News report, we learn about new technology from Japan that can take facial recognition features from webcams (not that new) but then also apply those changes to a real-time avatar - so instead of having a web chat with a person, you can have one with an animated character, and that avatar is reacting with the same movements as the human being.

I would expect to see this technology in video gaming and other communications-type applications.

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