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Eyematic Ships Real-Time, Markerless Professional Facial Animation System

(August 14, 2001)
Eyematic Interfaces, Inc announced from the show floor at SIGGRAPH 2001, the availability of Eyematic FaceStation, a product for professional animators. Eyematic FaceStation is a high-end software/hardware system that streamlines professional facial animation and seamlessly integrates with professional animation packages. FaceStation allows film, television and interactive game animators to create and drive facial character animation in real-time.

Eyematic FaceStation currently ships with a high-end PC with a video capture card, a standard digital video camera in addition to Eyematic's computer vision software. FaceStation works by recognizing facial features without the need for awkward facial markers and records an actor's facial movements and voice, resulting in the immediate replication of the movement and sound in 3D-as well as quick and efficient production times. FaceStation also includes Eyematic FaceLifter(TM), a tool that "lifts" facial tracking data from previous video recordings and significantly increases an animator's source for content. It also allows the animator to make changes or updates as often as they choose without the tedious process of frame-by-frame modification and rendering the updated shot.

"For the first time ever, professional animators can easily capture the nuances of human facial expression with just a video camera. The clear benefit of Eyematic FaceStation is the time saved creating, modifying and outputting animation," said Orang Dialameh, chief executive officer, Eyematic. "FaceStation enables professional animators to develop intricately detailed, high-quality facial animation, while spending a fraction of the time and cost on production. Not only does Eyematic's facial tracking technology streamline the production process, it also easily integrates within other 3D animation packages, such as Discreet's 3ds max or Alias|Wavefront's Maya."

Eyematic FaceStation works with the Eyematic FaceDriver plug-in for 3ds max and Maya, and enables anyone with moderate experience in those 3D animation/modeling packages to create facial animation with life-like emotions for multiple platforms. Eyematic FaceStation also includes Eyematic Avatar Editor, a tool allowing animators to create custom avatars from a front and profile character image. Eyematic FaceStation is built upon Eyematic's patented biometrics and computer vision software engines and represents more than 20 man-years of research and development by leading scientists and programmers in the field.

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