Meta Reality Labs ( Facebook ) has shown its progress and the results are surprising.
Meta continues to work on his commitment to the metaverse . The Facebook matrix has achieved good results by scanning for realistic avatars with a cell phone .
Reality Labs , in charge of augmented reality and virtual reality in Meta , has published a study titled “Authentic volumetric avatars from a cell phone scan”.
Reality Labs shows how it has managed to create quite realistic avatars using an iPhone 12 with two scans: one neutral and one expressions.
Photorealistic avatars can be rendered in virtual reality in real time, offering new possibilities for “ telepresence ”.
Meta demonstrates how different avatars can perform different expressions based on a subject “driving” them with their own gestures.
Captured with a cell phone, but it still takes time to process
This is an interesting alternative to quite expensive multi-camera systems, but the cell phone only does the scanning . It is still difficult to process the 3D avatar.
According to the study, a computer with four graphics cards can generate the avatar in about 10 minutes, but refining it to look as faithful as possible takes about six hours.
We know that GPUs are becoming more powerful and Artificial Intelligence may have better results in the coming years. This could be one of the key technologies for the metaverse to become a reality for most users.