Emily is not real.

Computers & Mobile Craft & Design

Take a stroll through the uncanny valley with Emily, an impressive example of how far facial animation has progressed –

Previous methods for animating faces have involved putting dots on a face and observing the way the dots move, but Image Metrics analyses facial movements at the level of individual pixels in a video, meaning that the subtlest variations – such as the way the skin creases around the eyes, can be tracked.

“There’s always been control systems for different facial movements, but say in the past you had a dial for controlling whether an eye was open or closed, and in one frame you set the eye at 3/4 open, the next 1/2 open etc. This is like achieving that degree of control with much finer movements.

“For instance, you could be controlling the movement in the top 3-4mm of the right side of the smile,”

CGI house Image Metrics has certainly done some amazing work here – but I’m still left with that eerie feeling of faux-humanity. – Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games [via Neatorama]

16 thoughts on “Emily is not real.

  1. thomas veil says:

    That’s weird, she looks like Natalie Portman.
    Nice job though, but IMO there’s still a cold vibe on this face.

  2. Collin Cunningham says:

    wow good call – i couldnt quite place the resemblence.

    I wonder how much simply knowing it was fake influenced my “creepy” judgement. If/when CGI persons become commonplace, viewers would likely become more doubting/suspicious of images in media. I could imagine a future fashion trend where people attempt to look/act more artificial intentionally … but I suppose in some ways, that’s already taking place :/

  3. japroach says:

    The quality on the youtube video is just terrible.. Timesonline link is not really any better.

    Would be nice to see something high res.

  4. Collin Cunningham says:

    that’s odd, the vimeo version looks like crud as well –

    hmmm … perhaps the illusion breaks down without the proper compression artifacts :)

  5. chris says:

    yeah, it’s still creepy. I think the realism magnifies the little discrepncies like when her mouth moves in odd ways, or the lack of fine-tuned emotions.

  6. imvain2 says:

    Reminds me of a movie with Al Pacino, called “SimOne (Simone)”. I really enjoyed the movie, worth a rent.

    But.. If I wouldn’t of read that she was fake, I would of thought she the mouth just moved weird when she talked [like Jessica Simpson’s mouth when she sings] and that the sound track wasn’t in sync with the video.

    It is still impressive.

  7. Embassy Pro Books says:

    Either way it is still amazing how far technology has come. If I watched this without knowing it could have passed for a human easily

  8. peter says:

    the specular one looks like a clip from batman begins

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