Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Voice - Is Facial Animation Next?

Fix8 Makes Avatars from Your Webcam

Mashable!: May 22, 2007 — 01:31 AM PDT — by Kristen Nicole

Fix8 is a website that lets you create animated versions of yourself, using your webcam, to make a video clip. It works a bit like pikipimp for the webcam.
The fix8 service is very much like making an avatar from your own webcam, adding animated face “masks” or accessories, such as hats, facial hair, pipes, and random objects like potatoes. The clips can be integrated with your instant messenger of choice, supporting AOL, MSN, Yahoo and Skype, allowing you to use your animated avatar for actual communication purposes. Fix8 clips are also part of its larger community, where you can see user profiles, view their clips, and leave comments.
While you can’t embed others’ video clips on your own website or social networking profile, you can download the video clip for your own purposes, and do a mashup if you’d really like. Fix8 clips can also be posted on video-sharing sites such as YouTube.

The fix8 service must be downloaded, but that won’t be too much of a problem for
those looking for new ways to create a highly personalized avatar. The fix8 offering is pretty new and has a good amount of potential, but there is also a lot of room for improvement, which is the case for all avatar services.

While we all look at content being the things people build like chairs and trees, we are also talking of crossing worlds with one asset, our avatar. Who do you think will partner with developers like fix8 to develop new tools for creating avatars or animating your existing avatar in SL or other virtual worlds next?

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