Face to face - in realistic 3D

March 14, 2005

UK experts develop super-realistic animation system

Computing experts at Cardiff University, UK, are developing a super-realistic animation system that simulates the movements of a face, based on speech.
The team in the School of Computer Science has developed highly advanced software which is continually learning the facial dynamics associated with a speaker and applying this knowledge to synthesize realistic facial animations.

"Our aim is to create sophisticated facial animation through speech," explained Dr David Marshall. "The applications include a new sophistication in film, computer graphics and animation technology – not just for films and games, but also for educational, mobile telecommunications, advertising, information services and internet applications."

The team has now become the first to invest in the latest video camera technology from US company 3dMD. This latest generation "4D system" is the first commercially available product that combines the element of time with the rapid generation of medically accurate 3D surface models.

"We had exhausted the possibilities of 2D technology," said Dr Marshall. "The new camera enables us to capture high quality data at very high speed, and will provide the next level of detail to reproduce expressions and the subtle nuances that happen during speech."

Source: Cardiff University

Explore further: Apple's stock sinks as high hope for iPhone X sales fade

Related Stories

Apple's stock sinks as high hope for iPhone X sales fade

January 29, 2018

Apple's stock is backtracking from its recent highs amid mounting concerns that iPhone X sales will fall short of the high hopes for a device that brought facial recognition technology and a $1,000 price tag to the company's ...

Fitness system creates virtual avatars in 10 minutes

January 3, 2018

Avatars—virtual persons—are a core element of ICSpace, a virtual fitness and movement environment at Bielefeld University's Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). The system makes it possible ...

Recommended for you

Unprecedented study of Picasso's bronzes uncovers new details

February 17, 2018

Musee national Picasso-Paris and the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) have completed the first major material survey and study of the Musee national Picasso-Paris' ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.