Facebook’s new VR avatars are more lifelike than anything you’ve seen before

Remember when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to show off his company’s clunky Spaces VR tech by taking a virtual tour of hurricane-hit Puerto Rico in 2017? This is nothing like that. The company has quietly been developing a revolutionary system to create virtual avatars of people that closely resemble them in their facial features and mannerisms. It’s not ready for prime time, but as Wired noted, it’s already surprisingly sophisticated. The company is calling them Codec Avatars, and works on the technology behind them at its Facebook Reality Labs (FRL, formerly Oculus Research) facility in Pittsburgh. Here’s an example…

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