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You look different! �3 avatar software mimics facial expressions to transform you into a magical creature as you Skype

January 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Sarah Griffiths / Daily Mail UK

A new computer programme that lets users take the form of anything - from a cute red panda to a horned demon - is set to make video chats more fun this year.

FaceRig will allow users to adopt the appearance of an assortment of characters, which immediately mimic their expressions when chatting online.

The software, which has been demonstrated ahead of being released, captures facial expressions using an ordinary webcam and reproduces them on the face of a chosen avatar in realtime This technology will allow users to 'become digital actors on a virtual movie set'.

Developed by five ex-game developers in Bucharest, Romania, the programme will be able to be used with Skype or any other webcam service when it is released.

It will go on sale by August for as little as $5 (�3) for early adopters, although the price will rise as the programme becomes more sophisticated.

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