Check out this cool tech news from DigInfo News showing Hatsune Miku of Vocaloid as a digital avatar that demonstrates a system to mimic human facial expressions in real-time. In this video, it shows Hatsune Miku as an avatar to Koichi Takahashi of Keio University‘s Graduate School of Science and Technology and demonstrates how the technology works.
Using only a standard PC and a USB camera, the system uses a method for measuring which way a person is facing and how their reaction changes, thus the digital avatar (in this case they used Hatsune Miku) can mimic the person’s head movements and facial expressions. Koichi Takahashi tells how the system can be used by CG animation hobbyists, web dialog systems that show characters or avatars instead of the person’s face, and for making characters move in real-time at events. Because the system uses just one PC and a USB camera or webcam, it can be applied in many situations very easily.