Technology which allows a virtual avatar to mirror the facial expressions of a user using only a webcam has lately been making an impression on gamers – as has the fact that the Japanese researchers who developed it naturally saw fit to immediately employ it in mapping themselves to none other than virtual angel Hatsune Miku…

The rather informative video:

Although Miku fans are naturally more than a little excited, the real impact is sure to be on MMORPGs and other multiplayer titles – promising as it does a great leap forward in how well gamers can expect to interact with creepy guys pretending to be cute girls…

Meanwhile, those whose only care is seeing more of the Miku featured in the video need only head on over to her previous article – how the researchers plan to map her ahegao expression to themselves can only be guessed at.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Who cares if its a creepy 40yo guy on the other end. All I care about is the cute hot anime girl that Im seeing.

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    Comment by Canadane
    11:17 14/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Amen to that.
    It's the creepy 40 year old guys that give us our drawn versions as it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:27 14/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Exactly. Dude's pretending to be girls online is nothing new.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:27 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Yeah, it's a common fact that girls don't exist in the internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yeah, on Facebook.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Only if you like to visit Facebook and various girly sites. There are no women on the real internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Now everyone can be a little girl!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 31/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i want to be KYOKO-CHAN FROM PUELLA MAGI!!!

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    Comment by Senjou
    03:31 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    We all want to be that little girl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    With the exception of sims and wow, is rare girls playing online .. on the other side on twitter, facebook ..:P Like any good idea is always a group who needs to misuse and pervert!

    Comment by Anonymous

    fuck off back to ponychan

    Comment by Anonymous

    D'oh, there are more women on the planet than there are men...

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    Comment by Chen-04

    Old hags do not count as women.

    Comment by 436345tgf36f4e

    It's funny that in actuallity there are more women on the internet than men XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is insanely creepy, but I love this tech.
    Otaku never cease to amaze me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 31/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    everything from japan it's creepy to you young one!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want this in mmorpgs alreadyyyy! XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think Everquest was doing something like this but...idk anyone who plays it

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    Comment by boneless
    15:52 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    dare you guys to tilt your head and cross your eyes for 3D

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quoted Otaku Code "There's noway a Girl this cute can be a real girl"
    => It's a Guy/Trap.

    Comment by Anonymous

    too laggy to implement into a god tier level MMORPG *cough* WOW *cough* and too stupid to implement into anything less -- overall you'll wait about ten years until gaming picks up enough for this to matter. oh and this sounds like wii mote and all the other knock offs, what the hell you guys surprised by?

    we still haven't got our god dam flying machines, i'm pissed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    You know what?

    I hate MMOs, but once this thing is available, the first thing I'll do is create this really hot chick with big boobs, ass and all. White skin and blonde or black long hair, and give her costumes that'll make her look reaaaaaally angelic and shit.

    I'd act in-character for maybe 10 minutes with some random guy, then troll him by completely shattering his expectations by yelling stuff like these with voice pitch turned off...

    1. I'mma kick yo ass, nigga!
    2. ENGLISH MOTHERFUCKER. DO YOU SPEAK IT. (for Koreans and Japanese suckers)
    3. *sing anything from Eminem's early albums*

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Three words, go get laid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Do you think the majority engineering students (or engineers) are able to get laid until they are 40 yrs old? Not in my case :( ... and 26 years to go b4 I can lose my virginity.

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    Comment by kamiru
    20:11 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    virgin engineer here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to manhood.

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    Comment by Sazuko Toriyama
    05:34 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel sad for you other engineers... was I the only lucky one out?
    -On an more relevant note:

    AKA: ZA WARUDO!!! (the world <.<; )

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 19/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just go to prostitution area and get laid already. Geez ... It wasn't even that hard compared to making something like that ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Joining the brotherhood!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i know the feeling bro

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    But I can't be a wizard if I do that!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Dude this will be so awesome...

    I would DIE to see the algorithm they are using and the source code of their project... Damit this is just so awesome...

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    Comment by Benoist
    17:28 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    in which century do you live in ? shape recognition and tracking are nothing new

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm pretty sure my Logitech cam has been doing this for a while now, though mostly limited to the default avatars they provide me. I believe I saw a "Make new facemask" button somewhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And to clarify, I don't mean haveing your eyes and mouth shown on top of a 2D image. I mean having the camera track your face and turn it into a real-time 3D avatar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    exactly, nothing surprising here, its just a high performance version of what we already have, people here are just high on hormone levels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:20 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually there are many of algorithms for this. And sources as well. I think they not made it by themself, because it's quite easy and many researches was made last 10-20 years. You have to lurk MATLAB sources, I saw some related before.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The trick is it's being done in real time. There's some serious optimization going on here.

    Comment by Anonymous

    its called a solid state drive and a 8 core CPU

    our computer speed picked up enough for it to run it and i guess the main thing they have to worry about is debugging

    only problem is when it lags, unwanted result will ensue, and mac users will cry cuz it won't work on thier shitty apples.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 14/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Dead people can't see. Noob.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see dead people. Noob.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see noob people.NOOBS

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Hikarunu
    21:18 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    shut up and take my money

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 15/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kickstarter nao!

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    Comment by Shadow C
    10:03 14/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I think this has great potential for MMOs. Imagine your character mimicking your face for voice chat.

    I suppose the downside is that cute girl characters will immediately be exposed as 40 y/o men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There already is a similar feature in EQ2, though I have no idea how good it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It mimics facial expressions not facial features. It wont replicate rinkles and a beard. And even if the voice on the other side is feminine, could be a 40+ mature/old woman and not a teenager. Oh right, there are no woman on the intertubes, just men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 14/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn.. that was cool.. Well he will make it big everyone will want to license his technology.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    everyone and their mother who works in the industry has already heard about this tech since ten years ago - they just know it would be too much lag to put it in their games and it would be pointless to do so anyways because facial expressions don't sell games - since you'll need to scroll out most of the time to play games that aren't *cough* eroge *cough*

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