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PlayStation Vita avatar video chat demoed

At the Game Tools & Middleware Forum, Sony showcased Vita's facial recognition software with a rather interesting tech demo: avatar chat.

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With two cameras built into the PlayStation Vita, technologies like video chat and facial recognition are almost assumed to be built into the hardware. At the developer-oriented Game Tools & Middleware Forum in Tokyo, Sony showcased Vita's facial recognition software with a rather interesting tech demo:

Much like Avatar Kinect on Xbox 360, the Vita is able to transform a human speaker into a fully animated avatar in real-time. While the tech isn't quite perfect--as evidenced by the irregular blinking of the female avatar--it's a rather impressive feat, especially coming from a handheld device.

The notion of speaking to others as a cartoon character is simultaneously novel and unnerving. Although just a tech demo, it's entirely plausible that Sony will implement this into Vita when it releases, especially as it provides a level of anonymity to video chatting.

(via Siliconera)

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    July 1, 2011 8:15 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, PlayStation Vita avatar video chat demoed.

    At the Game Tools & Middleware Forum, Sony showcased Vita's facial recognition software with a rather interesting tech demo: avatar chat.

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      July 1, 2011 2:12 PM

      This should definitely go in. Considering that the PSP2 will be a closed platform (no homebrew) they need all sorts of shit like this too make up for it.

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      July 3, 2011 8:58 PM

      Oh my god that's terrifying.

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        July 3, 2011 8:59 PM

        Who knew they'd make actually make an interactive version of that PS3 Baby commercial.

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