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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：22 更新时间：2017/3/15|
NEW technology has been unveiled in South Korea that lets you immortalise your deceased loved ones via your smartphone.
The ‘With Me’ app allows users to “overcome their wounded heart” to take selfies and ‘chat’ with dead friends or family members using avatars.
The app, designed by ELROIS, combines 3D technology and artificial intelligence to recreate images and personalities of those who have passed on.
Its creators hope the unusual technology will help those grieving to cope better.
But the app is designed to begin working while the subject is still alive.
According to the firm, a 3D scan of the person would need to be taken, using a special booth, which uses between 72 and 112 cameras to create the avatar.
Once complete, a reshaping and auto-rigging technical process begins for the avatar to ‘come to life’ using animation.
Users are then able to snap selfies with the digital creation, and even hold conversations with it, all thanks to artificial intelligence.
According to an ELROIS spokesperson, the technology can also “track users’ face and body positions”.
This would allow the avatar to interact with the user in a lifelike manner and respond to changes in their appearance or mannerism.
The spokesperson added: “People do everything to remember some precious person to them, or will do anything to move on.
“3D photo-realistic avatar is based on the actual person and it has some interaction with the users, so we think the avatars can be the new way to overcome their wounded-heart with a good function of new technology.”
The app can also be used to bridge gaps with the living, by enabling users to take pictures with relatives or friends who may be abroad, and can also let you take a snap with a favourite celebrity.
The company said: “We are working on the development for making Avatar Cloud Service in the web and mobile to upload their avatars and buy celebrities avatar, clothes and other stuff related with avatars (We call it as 'VAW' or 'vivid avatar world).
“Now it is still in the process and we have to contact with celebrities' agent sooner to get their avatars.”
The VAW (Avatar Cloud Service) service is expected to launch at the end of this year.
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