May 28, 2013
Your favorite set of emoticons adding human intensity to your text just may change to become your virtual self delivering the message. The Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering are introducing “face texting”. The prototype framework “Zoe” is result of 7000 hours capturing an actress’s speech and facial gestures to teach their system. The result is a lightweight platform that can accessed and transmitted on mobile networks.
“This technology could be the start of a whole new generation of interfaces which make interacting with a computer much more like talking to another human being.” — Roberto Cipolla
Under the skin, is a computer generated face template that provides the algorithm to be combined with your uploaded face and voice in the future. Zoe comes with six basic settings – Happy, Sad, Tender, Angry, Afraid and Neutral. The user can adjust these settings to different levels, as well as altering the pitch, speed and depth of the voice itself. The researchers envision that our current computer input devices such as keyboard and mouse just may become an expressive human face.
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