The Microsoft Research team Asia has unveiled a new program BodyAvator at the company's TechFest 2013 that would allow users to create 3D Avatars with their bodies and imagination.
BodyAvatar is a natural interface that lets users create imaginary 3-D avatars of any shape, using their bodies as the only input in front of a Kinect camera.
The player simply scans their body posture into an initial shape for the avatar, and then does various intuitive gestures on their own body, which in turn change the shape of the avatar on the screen.
No need to know any 3D modeling tools, the project unleashes the creativity of Kinect players, letting people turn their wildest imagination into reality by simply moving their bodies.
Here are some examples created using BodyAvatar:
The project is still under development. You can see in the video below a user create an alien and a dragon by starting with a scan of their own body.
In the video below researcher Xiang Cao demonstrates and explains their Kinect BodyAvatar. In the future as the researchers refine the technology, the program can be integrated into more future applications. Espcially in videos or games this program would allow children and adults to develop all kinds of awesome models without requiring knowledge of 3D modeling tools. Cool!
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