Right now at GDC, HTC introduced plans to make out there a lip-tracking module for the Vive Professional. The corporate says it doesn’t presently have plans to consumerize the system, however as a substitute needs to make it out there for analysis and experimentation.
HTC Vive America’s Vice President of Product and Operations, Vinay Narayan, immediately at GDC revealed that the corporate is plans to make out there a lip-tracking module for the Vive Professional headset which is able to precisely collect knowledge about how the consumer’s mouth is transferring. This knowledge may very well be used for a wide range of functions, like extra realistically animating an avatar’s facial expressions in real-time, movement seize recording for NPC animations, or a wide range of analysis makes use of involving speech, physique language, and extra.
HTC has revealed little or no in regards to the lip-tracking module to this point, however we’d enterprise to guess that it’s going to include a digital camera mounted beneath the Vive Professional visor which faces the consumer’s mouth. The module might faucet the Vive Professional’s hidden USB port for energy and knowledge switch, or might have its personal on-board energy and talk to the host PC wirelessly.
Wit the upcoming Vive Professional Eye, a model of the headset with inbuilt eye-tracking, the lip-tracking module could be much more highly effective because it, mixed with eye-tracking knowledge, might animate each eyes and mouth collectively, resulting in a richer avatar illustration.
HTC has mentioned that it doesn’t presently have plans to show the lip-tracking module right into a client product, however needs to make it out there as a growth equipment for analysis and experimentation. The lip-tracking module will tie right into a Vive facial monitoring SDK that the corporate will make out there.
To date the corporate hasn’t mentioned when the lip-tracking module or the facial monitoring SDK can be launched or what the the module may cost a little.