Widget Wednesday #1

I’ve decided that with the new year, I will try something new. Every Wednesday will be “Widget Wednesday”. So once a week I will post and discuss something I’ve created in computer graphics.

I’ll start off with something old. THIS DEMO is a partial rebuild in JavaScript of a Java applet I originally presented as a SIGGRAPH 97 Technical Sketch, which was then incorporated into a traveling museum exhibit by the American Museum of the Moving Image, and was eventually used by kids on the Spectrum to teach themselves how to read facial expressions.

The full demo showed how a real-time autonomous virtual character could express convincing emotions, without using repetitive prebuilt animations, by mixing facial expressions over time to simulate shifting moods and attitudes.

This partial rebuild mostly shows how a minimal number of elements of facial expression can start to generate a convincing impression of character and personality.

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