Avatar mirrors users facial expressions in real-time application a accepted webcam

This system achieves high speed and high precision, using an ordinary PC and a USB camera.

“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.”

“We’re using an algorithm that gets updated in line with the motion of the face. So it can track the face very fast, with very high precision. That’s the basic technology for this avatar system.”

This system also analyzes the shape of the person’s expression. So it can reproduce how the eyebrows and mouth are moving, and whether the person is laughing, angry, or surprised.