Cambridge University has unveiled a virtual “talking head” which can express a full range of human emotions.
The life-like face displays emotions such as happiness, anger and fear changing its voice to reflect an individual's feelings.
The system can convert written text into voice and a facial expression and in the future researchers hope it will be personalised to use an individual's own face and voice.
Using the face of actress Zoe Lister, researchers at Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering expect that texting will eventually be replaced by “face messaging.”
Researchers say that the technology is not data heavy and will be able to work on mobile devices. The program used to run the software is just 10 megabytes in size and can easily be incorporated into tablets and smartphones.
They hope that a user will, for example, be able to send a message saying “I’m going to be late” and set the emotion to be frustrated. The recipient would then see their friend’s face repeating the message in a frustrated way.
The researchers are now working on creating a version of the system which can be personalised by users themselves.