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Animation Tool Puts You in the Game

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the what-fun-is-that dept.

Technology 110

Matthew Sparkes writes "A new technique could take a simple body scan and allow a user to upload it and use it as an avatar or game character. Previously an animator would have to create a skeleton inside the model and describe movement capabilities manually. In tests, an inexperienced user could produce the animations in less than 15 minutes."

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Obligatory joke (5, Funny)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320661)

/me makes the obligatory joke about how most Slashdot readers would probably not want a real body scan of them used as their avatar in games.

Re:Obligatory joke (2, Funny)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320927)

Yeah, because then the next thing you know World of Warcraft servers will suddenly be overpopulated with dwarves.

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

DogDude (805747) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320975)

Very fat dwarves, at that.

Re:Obligatory joke (-1, Offtopic)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321133)

I realize you and the folks above you are being funny, but there are those of us who look more like Legolas than Gimli and have a bitch of a time finding clothes, specifically pants, since the stores deliberately, consciously and with malice, refuse to carry them in our size.

Yes, I'm looking at you Macy's, The Bon-Ton, Boscov's and all the other stores out there. Until your buyers get their heads out of their asses, I will continue to let everyone know of your discriminatory practices. I hope your stockholders are happy with you deciding to forgo a 5-10% increase in sales.

Now mod me down for being offtopic.

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321993)

Yep. I'm in the same boat. BMI of 16.5. Shopping for clothing is very depressing, since I'm not fond of suspenders. I do, however, buy a lot of long socks.

Not too many years ago, the skinniest sizes were for people in the bottom half of the range considered healthy. How I long for the good old days...

(And don't tell me to go see a doctor. I live with one.)

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

Eideewt (603267) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322213)

Try the jeans at Old Navy.

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

LilGuy (150110) | more than 7 years ago | (#18324219)

..|.

I hope you can see this, because I'm doing it as hard as I can!

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

Plaid Phantom (818438) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322831)

No, just trolls.

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 7 years ago | (#18325073)

Ha ha true! Imagine if you will... a whole server full of troll avatars doing that stupid dance. Ah wait it looks like that all the time in Orgrimmar anyways.

Re:Obligatory Tyler Durden (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18320961)

Nice big cock!

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320989)

As an avatar, oh hell no. As shootable zombies, oh hell yes.

Re:Obligatory joke (2, Funny)

Ayal.Rosenthal (1070472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321035)

I don't think its just Slashdot readers who wouldn't want their real body scanned for an avatar. I can imagine overweight people with slim avatars making fun of overweight people with overweight avatars because of the dual identity thing. What would be funny would be requiring good-looking people to use ugly folks' images and then get made fun of.

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

DogDude (805747) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321079)

There's a big difference between ugly and overweight. It's not necessarily the fault of an "ugly" person for being "ugly". 99.9% of the time, there's exactly one person to blame for overweight-ness... and that's the overweight person.

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

Ayal.Rosenthal (1070472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321209)

You sir are correct on the distinction. That said, while not all ugly people are fat, many fat people are ugly. Also, it is likely that being ugly causes self-esteem issues that manifests themselves as over-indulgent eating. (There are also those unfortunate folks for whom genetics has made it nearly impossible to be normal-sized, but as you wrote they are the minority of overweight people and I sympathize with their difficulty.)

Re:Obligatory joke (2)

profplump (309017) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321469)

99.9% of the time people who are depressed have only one person to blame -- themselves. They could simply work every day at making changes to their lifestyle, relationships, and brain chemistry to be happy. It's not any less true than your fat line, but it's not an opinion most people would be proud to express.

I'm not saying fat people shouldn't work to improve their situation, but failing to sympathize *at all* because it "their own fault" is a little extreme, particularly if they are working to improve their body.

Moreover if someone is born fat to fat parents, and has been raised overfed and under-active since birth, is is really their fault that they aren't suddenly thin at 18? How early are people supposed to notice their parent's bad habits and break them, and how long do we give them to overcome 18 years of bad training and habits?

Yes! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18322085)

Yes, it is still their fault. My parents smoked, I don't.
My parents ate mostly junk food. I eat what other people refer
to as 'health food' (I call it food). My parents did not exercise.
I exercise several times per week. Etc.

An adult is shaped by their childhood experiences, but is not stuck
being defined by them. The main reason fat people stay fat is that
they do not opt to act and change their behavior. They find many excuses
for not changing this behavior.

Because people generally want to blame someone else for their unhappiness,
the media has seized on this and now your unhappiness can be conveniently
labeled as a 'disease' or an 'addiction' for which you need 'treatment'.
If so, good luck with that, you'll need it.

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

enjerth (892959) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322449)

Suddenly, modeling agencies (RL models) have a VR talent. They'll license their body scan to you for an annual fee.

Re:Obligatory joke (2, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322555)

When you get asked "Honey, do you think my avatar's ass looks too big?" NEVER say 'yes'.

Re:Obligatory joke (2, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321123)

Most of them will probably just make a character from their genitals.....

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321339)

Most of them will probably just make a character from their genitals.....

Indeed. Didn't one game already try this for faces and end up with a lot of penis- and vagina-faced avatars running around?

If you let the end-user upload the data, you don't know what alterations he'll be making to that data. You could end up sitting behind someone with goatse for a head in the virtual cinema.

Re:Obligatory joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18321239)

why not? I thought elitist took as much care of thier bodies as they do thier minds

Then lucky you!. . . Mario! (2, Interesting)

Skadet (528657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321259)

Mario Kart Arcade GP [ign.com] already scans just your face and slaps it on a character model, "putting YOU in the GAME!".

Re:Obligatory joke (1)

Avatar8 (748465) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321657)

Possibly, but if I could see an avatar with my big gut and butt running, jumping and fighting orcs... that'd be pretty funny.


I think the product/item/service will sell as long as people can modify their scans: tummy tuck, butt tuck, chest lift, etc.

I'd be happy with pasting my face onto a model in WoW. At least then my guild would know the face behind the paladin.

Re:Obligatory joke (2, Funny)

popeye44 (929152) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323543)

Fat basement dwelling Geeks need not apply. Unless your mom says it's ok.

The real question is... (5, Insightful)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320667)

When will this technology be applied to pornography?

Re:The real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18320813)

currently applying technological jelly

Re:The real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18321381)

MOD PARENT INSIGHTFUL!! omg aaahhh!! The pleasure!

Re:The real question is... (2, Insightful)

db32 (862117) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321661)

Who do you think paid for the research?

Surprised it was so long before a pr0n remark (5, Funny)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321739)

So "go fuck yourself" will change from an insult to a plausible suggestion. Virtually plausible, anyway. Ewww!


(Anyone else surprised it was so long before a pr0n related comment?)

Re:The REAL question is... (1)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 7 years ago | (#18325503)

Does anyone want to play an MMOPRG where all the characters are fat, bearded nerds with Star Wars t-shirts?

Re:The real question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18325917)

So a gaming avatar can have the sex that the gamer is not having, because he/she/it is busy playing a game?

Hmm. What the hell, maybe its a plausible idea --gamers don't get to have sex any other way.

(The true purpose of the Wii controller is revealed)

 

hmm (3, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320689)

A new technique could take a simple body scan and allow a user to upload it and use it as an avatar or game character. Previously an animator would have to create a skeleton inside the model and describe movement capabilities manually.

This sounds like a complete Serkis.

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18322237)

It is so sad that I got that one.

Re:hmm (1)

Duggeek (1015705) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323587)

Perhaps a game will come out that requires a real body-scan. (C'mon, S/L --be a pioneer for once!)

In the weeks that follow, this tale might be told:

[quoting myself - a hypothetical chat between two gamers...]
There's something following us! They are the Squallum. Gamers that had a scan of their physical bodies made into their own Avatar... a shadow of their former selves.

They love and hate their Avatars as they love and hate themselves. Their need for gaming has drawn them here, and their need for geek-cred has created the desire for “IRL” Avatars.

My heart tells me that these Avatars have some part to play yet, for good or ill...

Now I just thought of what this will bring... pasty nerds coughing-up coin to other, not-so-pasty geeks for their body-scans. Maybe it will pay for your next month at the gym?

hmm (1)

mastershake_phd (1050150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320695)

What about scans for the portly gentleman?

Re:hmm (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321183)

They all come out looking like this [guardian.co.uk]

"a simple body scan" (2, Insightful)

TodMinuit (1026042) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320751)

We've come a long way, haven't we?

Obligatory Simpsons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18320783)

My eyes! The goggles do nothing, but kill them selves!

Next, jai alai against the Master Control Program! (1)

csoto (220540) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320787)

Or light cycles. Gotta ride the cycles...

Re:Next, jai alai against the Master Control Progr (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320849)

I must have been reading Slashdot too long. My eyes scanned that as Master Control Penguin.

Finally! (1)

RonaldReagan (112997) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320827)

Finally, I can play as my RealDoll, instead of just using her as a mindless fuck-toy. The indignity ends here!

Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18320843)

Captain! She can't take it any more - she's gonna blow! ...

Character Hacks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18320847)

In the future, when it becomes a little more advanced and if uploading your own character becomes wide spread in games, how might it effect game ratings? Would player scans not looking like normal humans be filtered out?

Also, how might this effect fighting? Scan yourself as a popsicle stick with legs and not many players will be able to shoot you.

Re:Character Hacks (5, Funny)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321311)

In a similar vein, I was thinking that the next iteration of such development would calculate and assign strength, agility, stamina, etc. values for your scanned profile. Either it would encourage a movement towards improving physical fitness, or give birth to a black market for scans of people who are already physically fit.

Re:Character Hacks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18321719)

It might just be me, but I believe that people probably wouldn't shell out 50$ for a game that opted to have an algorithm make a very likely inaccurate and possibly even insulting assessment of the players' physique instead of actually balancing the game. Such a game would be a failure if it were to be made.

Re:Character Hacks (1)

DrChuck (711974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323641)

Probably used by weight/fitness centers to scam people, "See! This is what you could look like if you use our amazing $29.95/month plan!" or some such. There is something creepy about having "you" in the game (not to mention the massive upload/download problems of having 8 million "skins" getting shared) but worse would be celebrity abuse. I mean really, who wouldn't dress up kobolds to look like Bill Gates? Scripted dialog? "You no take Vista!" But then where does that leave poor bill? And when you can video someone walking down the street and "back port" their scan into a game? Hmmmm ? Next thing will be DVDs where you can replace the lead characters in a movie with "you" ? Boy the pr0n industry will be into that one in a big way. (no pun intended) All in all a new world is just another day away. --D

Re:Character Hacks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18326965)

If you put on glasses before the scan, do you get additional INT points? How about adding a white beard for WIS?

Missing the point (5, Interesting)

Belgarath52 (121024) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320911)

If I had the figure of a muscle-bound warrior I'd be out partying at clubs and getting girls, not playing WoW. The point of online games is to experience a different reality.

Next step: if you don't actually know how to fight, your character can't either.

Re:Missing the point (1)

Cerberus7 (66071) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321125)

In that game, spell-casters would be SO screwed.

Re:Missing the point (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321235)

In that game, spell-casters would be SO screwed.
Speak for yourself. ;)

Re:Missing the point (2, Insightful)

BarrilPrime (1021153) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321153)

I don't see this really being the situation. Sure, you could upload your own person as an avatar, but that doesn't mean you cant modify it in some way. I'm sure if they decided to put in this capability, you would be able to modify attributes of your player model.

Even if they didn't have this capability, there are many people in the world that would like to see themselves doing things they cannot or would not be able to do.

Re:Missing the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18321481)

You can always spend the time to go to the gym instead of the time you're spending playing WoW. Granted, you certainly wouldn't get muscle-bound, but you'll look and feel a lot better! Maybe after a year or two of working out, you can get a personal trainer and then get big.

Re:Missing the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18322101)

You can always spend the time to go to the gym instead of the time you're spending playing WoW. Granted, you certainly wouldn't get muscle-bound, but you'll look and feel a lot better! Maybe after a year or two of working out, you can get a personal trainer and then get big.

People who get big don't usually have a lot of time for anything else, like going to clubs. It requires eating strict diets, usually spending a fortune in suppliments, and multiple gym vists a day. You think WoW addictions are bad, it takes a mindset very close to Bulemia or Anorexia to accomplish the big Physique. I spent many a year as a gym rat and am genetically gifted for mass (alas, if I'm NOT at the gym 8+ hours a week, a different sort of mass), so I'm familiar with the process, even if I never got THAT dedicated, I had freinds who were...

Re:Missing the point (1)

Trunklebob (457750) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321711)

My dream since I was a kid was to appear in a video game. Since I'm not in the industry, nor likely to become famous enough for someone to put me in a game, this is the next best thing. Fortunately, mostly play sports sims, so I usually have the option to customize a player. I spent 45 minutes w/ Tiger Woods 2006 making a player that resembled me (well, me minus 40 pounds).

Now they just need perfect speech technology to seamlessly inline my name in commentary (or cut-scenes, or whatever), and the illusion will be complete.

Re:Missing the point (1)

DaleGlass (1068434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322021)

Why WoW? There are more things out there. I bet quite a few people would like to use this in Second Life. Make an avatar based on yourself first, then modify it to perfection.

Re:Missing the point (1)

patonw (747304) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322069)

With those mechanics most slashdotters would have 95% chance to block and only 5% chance to hit.

Re:Missing the point (1)

enjerth (892959) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322539)

Isn't that kind of the inspiration behind Wii?

I have bad knees, does that mean I might injure myself by trying to play sports games?

Re:Missing the point (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323381)

If I had the figure of a muscle-bound warrior I'd be out partying at clubs and getting girls, not playing WoW. The point of online games is to experience a different reality.

Next step: if you don't actually know how to fight, your character can't either.


But we're moving to this, want it or not. Wii adds active physical motion to games. If you can't sit up from your chair, you may indeed incapacitate your character in the game as a result.

We'll always have games where you're an alien worm or a cartoon duck, but don't deny us the coolness factor of more realistic experiences in games.

Now my avatar can have a herniated disc! (5, Funny)

myth_of_sisyphus (818378) | more than 7 years ago | (#18320935)

In accordance with my latest MRI.

My avatar will bitch and moan and lay down a lot and take pills and flake on people and blame it on his back.

Re:Now my avatar can have a herniated disc! (1)

26199 (577806) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321111)

Sounds like a blast :)

Obviously the system will have to come with a facility to tweak the scanned model a little bit... just, you know, to fix the bits where the system obviously got confused...

Dude! (3, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321597)

Your back is never going to get better until you put down that boulder.

Brings a whole new meaning to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18321039)

This brings a whole new meaning and purpose to the time honoured tradition of xeroxing your buttocks.

Scan me in Scotty! (1)

purpleraison (1042004) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321199)

[Kirk] Bones, Scotty, Spock and I need to be scanned into this computer game right away! [Spock] That would be most prudent Captain, I will pWn the Klingons with mah UberRoxerz 1337 phaser.

Reverse the technology, make more money. (5, Funny)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321221)

Something tells me that there would be more of a market for technology that makes people in real life look more like their avatar, instead.

Re:Reverse the technology, make more money. (3, Insightful)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321483)

Something tells me that there would be more of a market for technology that makes people in real life look more like their avatar, instead.
They already have this invention. It's called running shoes.

Re:Reverse the technology, make more money. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18323197)

Please tell me more about how running shoes helped you grow some boobs.

Re:Reverse the technology, make more money. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18327891)

I think the point is that most of slashdot is trying to lose it's man-boobs.. :) Heck with a sketchy enough surgeon, you might be able to work out some kind of deal....

Re:Reverse the technology, make more money. (1)

kabocox (199019) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321873)

Something tells me that there would be more of a market for technology that makes people in real life look more like their avatar, instead.

We can't do that yet. The easiest way for us to develop that tech, would be to have display glasses that would overlay others avatars when you see them. Problem with that is that it only works for those that have the VR glasses. What we'd really like is the genetic engineering/body mods to make any fully grown human adult look like "anything" out of any of the various online games. Things like switching genders, races, species would have to be have to be a trival outpatient process. If you want to spend your 2 weeks vaction as the opposite gender or a different race, it should be quite easy to do. Um, outside of movies and maybe spy agencies we don't have that kinda of tech, yet. The low tech solution would be a costum shop that could custom make customs based on your body scan and on-line avator profile.

Re:Reverse the technology, make more money. (1)

hszp (1023419) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322373)

You meant "custom made costumes", right?

Re:Reverse the technology, make more money. (1)

kabocox (199019) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323295)

You meant "custom made costumes", right?

Give me a break. I've been off all day cause of DST.

Puts You in the Game? (2, Funny)

openaddy (852404) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321253)

Not literally YOU, right..? Or is there a "simple" way of scanning yourself that I don't know about?

Re:Puts You in the Game? (0)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321337)

You've watched the movie Tron one too many times, haven't you?

Re:Puts You in the Game? (1)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323881)

Step 1.) Get naked.
Step 2.) Lay down on photocopier.
Step 3.) ??????
Step 4.) Profit!!

Awesome, another piece of technology to. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18321373)

Make more people redundant.
Sorry 60~100K a year animator guy, were now getting our animating done over the net by hundereds of thousands of school kids for free!

Have fun with social welfare.

from

your boss.

kiosks (2, Interesting)

Raccroc (238757) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321441)

I've always wondered why we haven't had this type of thing in "photo booth" style kiosks in shopping malls and arcades. It always seemed to me that facial scans (and now 3d models) would be a great addon for both arcade and home based games.

1. Charge people to get their face/body scanned at kiosk
2. Place images on a data card (CC for arcade readers and/or console compatible device)
3. Sell DEV Kits for adding scanned work into your digital programs
4. Sell Consumer Editing Kits for editing images (more Rock, less Erkel)
5. Profit

Re:kiosks (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321555)

you forgot step 4a. ????

Isn't this a dupe from the 90's? (1)

mbourgon (186257) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321757)

I seem to remember something similar. They'd do a 3-D scan of you for $35, and give you some sort of file you could use in Quake 3, etc.

openmortal (1)

gnalle (125916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322739)

Get a bluescreen, film yourself and enter openmortal http://openmortal.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net] OK it's 2D and singleplayer, but it's still really cool.

Re:openmortal (1)

UPi (137083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18328243)

Actually it's MULTIplayer only. And it's quite a bit of work that you have to do before you can play as yourself, but it works. See the Character_HOWTO [rulez.org] .

Re:Isn't this a dupe from the 90's? (1)

Siker (851331) | more than 7 years ago | (#18325807)

This is more than just a 3-D scan, which indeed has been around for a while. This is marker and skeleton less motion capture for 3D models. You wouldn't be able to use it in Quake at all - you only need a 3D model in that game, and the game will animate it for you. Here you're doing the animating yourself, so there'd be nothing left for the game to do.

who would you want your sprite to look like? (1)

blindd0t (855876) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321861)

Personally, think it would be fun to use known cartoon characters instead. I would want to use Hoss Delgado [cartoonnetwork.com] .

The only downside to this technology is that I could only imagine that people would end up using sprites of celebrities everywhere, which could become quite annoying.

Virtual Ninja Training (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18321907)

Think of how cool it would be if the 3D scan were real time. Then as you played the physical game and got into better shape, so would your character. You could use the virtual reality to practice street fighting so that when you do actually get in shape, you can smack down rednecks at the local pub when you eye their woman.

This is the future we're going to be in. Television gave us common cultural experiences. Now VR will gives us common physical experiences.

We're all going to be ninjas.

Old news (1)

N0decam (630188) | more than 7 years ago | (#18321939)

Back when Quake was the hot game, I took scans of my wedding photos (I'd gotten married recently) and created textures for myself and my best man.

It was both cool and extremely creepy to see myself running around the quake levels in a tux and a rocket launcher.

My very own Susan Dey!!!!! (1)

Lester67 (218549) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322037)

Amazing to live in an age where we see science fiction [imdb.com] morph into science fact, isn't it? (PS: anyone else remember this movie for something other than Susan Dey's pert, freshly scanned nipples? :-) )

Re:My very own Susan Dey!!!!! (1)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322529)

Well, besides the special polarized glasses to protect yourself from the sleeper rayguns (which really exist, but require a backpack) or the catchy theme-song; no not really. (hey not bad for it having been at least 20 years since I saw it last, on nipple-less network TV no less.)

Paging Jack Thompson (1)

Applekid (993327) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322049)

What would happen if we found ourselves with some FPS Deathmatch type games where you're running around killing characters that look exactly like real people?

I can see the headlines now:

Boy murders schoolmate after practicing it in game

Re:Paging Jack Thompson (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18327391)

"Shrinks schoolmate to smurf-size; steps on them"

Rainbow Six on the 360 is doing this (1)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322245)

well... not entirely, but you can do a scan of your face with the live camera and it creates a VERY close representation of what you really look like (face at least)

News Flash: NE Females disappear from WOW! (1)

Grashnak (1003791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322265)

This could lead to a distinct shortage of NE hotties running around Ironforge in their thongs.

Re:News Flash: NE Females disappear from WOW! (2, Interesting)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322845)

You have no idea ... in fact, one of my characters is in WoW's Femme Fatale guild ...

It's all pixels, boys.

Next step - the Metaverse (1)

Rastl (955935) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322483)

As Neal Stephenson predicted, the Metaverse isn't that far away. Avatar kits on the shelves of Wallyworld, programmers making bucks creating custom avatars, etc.

Still a rather creepy idea to me tho.

Re:Next step - the Metaverse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18325653)

Kind of like photoshop on the shelves of Wallyworld, artists making bucks creating custom avatars, etc.?

CREEPY!

simpsons did it! (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322625)

simpsons did it!

Please Note (1)

PoopDaddy (1064616) | more than 7 years ago | (#18322791)

"In tests, an inexperienced user could produce the animations in less than 15 minutes."
avatar != animation

Why not just use your Mii on your Wii? (2, Informative)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323311)

I mean, seriously, how detailed do you need your online character to be? Do you really want that extra 10 pounds of fat - being generous - or your geeky eyes or hair you inherited from your mom?

Besides, they already do this in Japan.

the next step? (1)

sharperguy (1065162) | more than 7 years ago | (#18323463)

I saw a video where a company took 3d face scans of over 200 people and combined them and averaged them until they could create and adjust just about any face imaginable. They then put this face in front of a 2D photograph of a persons face, and had the computer find the best match for the face in 3D. This was a very impressive representation of the person in the photo. They could then further adjust this 3D representation, to imply weight gain, age adjustment and other factors. If something similar could be achieved with a full body then it would be very impressive indeed. It would allow people to have themselves in a game, where the person in the game can be just as physically versatile as CJ from GTA:SA, and more so. The only thing which has been overlooked is the animation factor. It would be very difficult to produce accurate representation's of the way someone moves, walks etc. Even if a believable representation of this could be achieved by inspecting the build, weight distribution etc, it would not be enough to make it realistic to anyone who knows the person who is being created well.

Oh my! (1)

Weebo (1070712) | more than 7 years ago | (#18327239)

This is a really interesting technology if it is developed successfully and is made affordable. I've played a lot of games and if there is one thing all users love, its to customize their characters! Of course, how real is too real? I don't usually pick my characters to replicate me physically hmm.. :)

Whats the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18328447)

I don't see what's so big of a deal about this, you can scan yourself for free right now with half a dozen software packages off from net and import yourself in to a game.

http://www.3d3solutions.com/ [3d3solutions.com] (FlexScan3D - Free white lights canner )
http://www.david-laserscanner.com/ [david-laserscanner.com] (Free laser scanner)

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