Japanese develop real-time facial movement in avatars via webcam

Animated character reacts to a real person's facial movements

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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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