FaceRig maps your face onto a 3D avatar in real time

A software program seeking funding on Indiegogo uses your webcam to map your facial expressions and movements onto the face of an animated character.

(Credit: HoloTech)

Ever have days where you're just not quite feeling yourself? Soon you may be able to make yourself into someone else — at least online. A team of veteran game developers from Romania have built what they're calling FaceRig — a piece of software that maps your facial movements in real-time onto the head of an animated character.

Although, at this point, the use of such software would be highly limited in actual games, its purpose — at least initially — is a little more realistic. The idea is to stream the resultant output to Skype, Twitch or any other webcam-based service. The program uses real-time image-based tracking technology developed by Sweden's Visage Technologies, and audio processing to alter your voice to make you sound more like a character.

In this way, you could build yourself an online persona specifically for interacting with others; the four examples used by creator HoloTech were a fox, an anime lady, a demon and a space captain.

At launch, there will be 10 avatars and backgrounds available, with the ability to customise the avatars. More avatars will be made available over time in packs that can be purchased by the user. HoloTech also expects that there will be a lot of free, community-created content available. The program will also be available over both desktop and mobile platforms, each with its own exclusive avatars and backgrounds.

Licenses start with a pledge as low as US$5 for the home user, up to US$50, which includes all future expansions. Business licenses start at US$40.

You can check out more info on the FaceRig Indiegogo project page.

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.



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