Ever have days where you're not quite feeling yourself? Soon you may be able to make yourself into someone else -- at least online.
A team of veteran game developers from Romania have built what they're calling FaceRig, a piece of software that maps your facial movements in real time onto the head of an animated character. The project's currently making a run on Indiegogo, where it has far surpassed its $120,000 fundraising goal with 28 days left to go in the campaign.
Although the use of such software would at this point be highly limited in actual games, its purpose -- at least initially -- is a little more realistic. The idea is to stream the resultant output to Skype, Twitch, or any other Webcam-based service. The program uses real-time image-based tracking technology developed by Sweden's Visage Technologies, and audio processing to alter your voice to make you sound more like a character. … Read more