Last week I wrote about eye-tracking, one of the stepping stones for next-generation VR/AR. In that article, I briefly talked about face-tracking as one of the critical steps towards next-generation VR. Unlike eye-tracking, which brings a multitude of improvements and new features, face-tracking has one single purpose;
More natural communication.
However, having a single purpose doesn't mean it is any less impactful in how you will interact with and experience your projects in Dimension10.
Today I will be talking about what face-tracking will mean to you as an end-user.
We are proud of our work at Dimension10, bringing people together and allowing for smarter collaboration. Every day we work towards making you forget you are using devices and software, allowing you to just focus on "being there", interacting and focusing on the task at hand.
One exciting example of the excellent sense of presence we have achieved, is the fact that many of our users instinctively put their hand out before and after meetings. Shaking each other's hands is a standard greeting and parting tradition, and even tho the person at the
other end is represented by a neon-colored transparent avatar - it feels like human interaction.
That being said, it does occur in VR that a person holds out their hand while the
other look at it in confusion.
The present situation excluded, it would rarely happen in real life that a handshake gesture is
There are numerous reasons for this, one is the fact that some are too aware of the fact that
they are already holding an object in their hands (controllers).Hand-tracking will remedy this, and we will talk about hand tracking in a separate article soon. Then there is the lack of eye and face-tracking, in addition to a need for photorealistic avatars.
The latter is not strictly required to achieve this goal - your facial expressions can be translated to another avatar- but will most likely be preferred by most.
All of which will combine, and convey the subtleties of personal expression and
body language in a significantly more convincing way.