The days of trying to replicate yourself in video games with crude cartoonish avatars is coming to an end. As Nikon recently demonstrated at CES 2014, you'll soon be able to create an avatar so realistic that'll you'll feel like you've been dropped into the game.
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Developed by Alexx Henry Studios, the xxArray system is a photo booth equipped with 68 cameras to capture a 360-degree, full-body image in glorious 3D. While posing for a couple quick shots only takes a few seconds, process time to create the avatar can take up to a couple hours. But it's well worth the wait, as the finished renderings boasts an eye-popping 14 million digital polygons. In fact, operators must lower the polygon count closer to the 100,000 range to allow for video game processors to handle the detail.
Once the 3-D image is captured, it's assigned to a digital wireframe to generate onscreen articulation and mobility. Doing so gives your realistic avatar the ability to run, jump, fly and, as this video shows, even break dance.
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While the xxArray's 68-camera proof-of-concept photo booth might be a little cumbersome and pricey for the home video game market, I could see gamers going to designated locations where the system is set up and paying a nominal fee to have their likeness added to their favorite game. But if we understand anything about technology, we know it eventually gets smaller and cheaper, so all you gamers out there salivating to put yourself into the latest "Call of Duty," hang tight, I'm sure the cavalry is on its way.
To see Alexx Henry talking about the system, check out the following video shot by Make magazine.
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