Ever wished you could live as somebody else? This digital person might be the closest you can get to doing that, for now.
‘Siren’, a high-fidelity, real-time virtual “human,” is the brainchild of Epic Games, 3Lateral, Cubic Motion, Tencent, and Vicon, and was designed as a more effective, timesaving alternative for creating hyperrealistic video game characters.
Whereas digital simulations are noticeably fake, with ‘Siren’, the collaborators hope to bridge the gap between CGI and real life to produce models so lifelike, you might not be able to tell the difference.
The character, unveiled by Epic Games at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) on Wednesday, is modeled after Chinese actress Bingjie Jiang, and can mimic even the slightest of body and finger movements, moving in sync with an actor at 60 frames per second.
The keynote presentation was pre-recorded in Vicon’s headquarters with actress Alexa Lee donning a motion-capture body suit to play ‘Siren’.
“Recreating the subtle intricacies of movement can be the difference between a realistic digital recreation and a trip into the uncanny valley,” explained Vicon in a press release.
Look up close, and you’ll find that ‘Siren’ even has beauty “imperfections” like pimples and visible pores.
Just imagine future television shows using ‘Siren’-like models in place of actual actors. Though, if the technology lands in the wrong hands, it could spur a whole, uncanny generation of fake news.
Watch how eerily realistic the digital “human” looks and moves, and view more pictures here. Every-Movement/