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Synthetic Actors (2D/3D)

Goal:

Technology:

Create an online sales avatar that would of sufficient resolution be realistic in a 3D virtual showroom.

VRML World, VNet-Based MultiUser Client/Server, Poser 2 Avatar

Figure : OnLine SalesPerson

Notes :

The 3D Poser 2 object was rendered onto a transparent gif. The 2D Actor automatically rotates to face the customer using VRML billboards that rotate based on the location of the user. Thus the user can never get behind the salesperson, nor see the flat billboard to which she is attached.

The VNet Server allows chat with customer in a 3D VRML based world.

The Avatar can be controlled by a human user or via a JESS (Java Expert System Shell) application that connects to the VNet server as an intelligent BOT.