In the future the way we interact with computers is going to change dramatically. The traditional keyboard and screen method is already being rethought because of the likes of smartphones and tablets. Then came Siri, which brought voice control to life. What next?
How about a giant face that you can talk with? Called Zoe, it is the most expressive and controllable avatar ever created. It reminds us slightly of the clever way that faces were digitally mapped in LA Noire.
It took seven days of filming with a professional actor, resulting in Zoe having an extremely expressive and diverse set of facial expressions, which are all adjustable by the user.
Zoe has been built by engineers at Cambridge University in a collaboration with Toshiba. It is the interface of the future - making us think of an extension of Siri - adding more personality to voice interaction, and is designed to convert text to audio and visual signals, so could easily be implemented over normal voice-control tech.
While it is a long ways off, this could very well be the future of how we interact with computers, smartphones and tablets. The idea of a computer being emotional is fairly spooky, but could make a real change to how we use them. Wonder what happens if she gets a virus?
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