Virtual Talking Head expressing Human Emotions

Posted on 2013/03/21

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Meet Zoe: a digital talking head which can express human emotions on demand with “unprecedented realism” and could herald a new era of human-computer interaction. Zoe could see computerised personal assistants, similar to those seen in sci-fi films.

Zoe is the result of a collaboration between researchers at Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge‘s Department of Engineering.

“This technology could be the start of a whole new generation of interfaces which make interacting with a computer much more like talking to another human being.”


The team recorded thousands of sentences from actress Zoe Lister

“This technology could be the start of a whole new generation of interfaces which make interacting with a computer much more like talking to another human being,” Professor Roberto Cipolla, from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, said.

“It took us days to create Zoe, because we had to start from scratch and teach the system to understand language and expression. Now that it already understands those things, it shouldn’t be too hard to transfer the same blueprint to a different voice and face.”

source University of Cambridge via WordlessTech

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