Expressive Puppeteering

Expressive Puppeteering

Here’s something I found rather interesting…
Linden Labs announced today at SIGGRAPH that they will soon be releasing a new technology they are billing as Expressive Puppeteering. The result of which will allow anyone to manipulate avatar motions in real time, and presumably capture motions for later playback. It sounds like an in world version of Poser. The part that sounds really cool is that it will allow real time manipulations. So, you should be able to grab your av’s arm and wave goodbye to friends, and be even more expressive to enemies.
Is this the end of pose balls, or a far more groovy way to build them. Personally I could do without them, as custom poses will make the world seem much more realistic. The potential downside is this could add too much complexity to the user interface, which is already daunting for new users. Hopefully, when it roles out, it will function more like Rag Doll Kung-Fu than something from Tim Burton. This could also be revolutionary for Second Life Machinima. Expressive Puppeteering could be the Gary’s Mod of Second Life. Combined with easily developed custom props and clothes, this could make Second Life the preferred platform of Machinima artists.

Originally Posted Aug 1st 2006 6:45PM by Master Penguin

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