What is an Avatar?
Avatar is an electronic image representing a computer user in the digital world. Major games and social platforms have introduced the virtual character function, in which one can create an avatar from a photo.
The idea behind the users virtually represented on-screen is driven by the intention of creating an interactive experience. This way, people enjoy the content immersively and tend to be more conscious of the game’s ethical questions. The same principle now applies to social media.
Avatar Market Outlook
Technological advancement improves mobile phone performance, network bandwidth, screen rendering, and other capabilities. Users have, therefore, higher expectations in their pursuit of immersive experiences. Virtual avatars and metaverse-related applications receive more attention.
According to Allied Market Research, the global metaverse market was worth $41.9 billion in 2020 and will reach $1,237 billion by 2030.
The compound annual growth rate from 2021 to 2030 is 40.4%.
How do we join the metaverse industry and seize the market in such a rapidly developing emerging market?
Make avatar from photo
Facebook, Reddit, Youtube, and other social media have launched the 3D Avatar function. Let users become avatar photo creators.
Let’s explore how to quickly integrate the function of creating avatars from a photo in your application so that your customers can have their avatars to enjoy their interactive experience fully.
The Virtual Avatar SDK launched by ZEGOCLOUD allows you to create your metaverse application quickly.
Create a virtual avatar in three steps
1) Get avatar data from photo
// Extract facial features based on the introduced image. ZegoFaceFeature faceFeature = ZegoAvatarService.getInteractEngine().detectFaceFeature(bitmap);
2) Set a virtual avatar data
// Create a ZegoCharacterHelper class to simply the implementation process for API call. // The absolute path of basic resources. mCharacterHelper = new ZegoCharacterHelper(getFilesDir().getAbsolutePath() + "/assets/base.bundle"); // Set the avatar creation coefficient. mCharacterHelper.applyFaceFeature(faceFeature);
3) Render the virtual avatar
// Get display view mZegoAvatarView = findViewById(R.id.zego_avatar_view); // Display the avatar on the screen and call the API on a UI thread. mCharacterHelper.setCharacterView(mZegoAvatarView);
Make the app experience more realistic
The metaverse doesn’t apply only to virtual avatars. It extends to outfits, actions, images, expressions, etc. of real people. Together with the virtual scenes, it makes the metaverse world.
Virtual Avatar SDK realizes the connection between virtual and real through AI, being able to smoothly replicate the natural expressions and emotions of characters.
1) Facial expression mirroring
Capture and mirror the user’s facial expressions to their avatar in real-time. The avatar mimics the same expressions as the user in real-time.
2) Speech simulation
Capture the user’s speech to drive the avatar’s facial and mouth movements in real time.
3) Gesture recognition
Recognize the hand gestures of the user and control the avatar to perform the movements and facial expressions.
4) Body pose recognition
Recognize the body poses of the user and control the avatar to perform the movements and facial expressions.