A 3D talking head for mobile devices based on unofficial iOS WebGL support

In this paper we present the implementation of a WebGL Talking Head for iOS mobile devices (Apple iPhone and iPad). It works on standard MPEG-4 Facial Animation Parameters (FAPs) and speaks with the Italian version of FESTIVAL TTS. It is totally based on true real human data. The 3D kinematics information are used to create lips articulatory model and to drive directly the talking face, generating human facial movements. In the last year we developed the WebGL version of the avatar. WebGL, which is 3D graphic for the web, is currently supported in the major web browsers for desktop computers. No official support has been given for mobile device main platforms yet, although the Firefox beta version enables it on android phones. Starting from iOS 5 WebGL is enabled only for the advertisement library class (which is intended for placing ad-banners in applications). We have been able to use this feature to visualize and animate our WebGL talking head.

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Alberto Benin
G. Riccardo Leone
Piero Cosi
ACM, Association for computing machinery, New York, USA
Web3D '12 Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on 3D Web Technology, pp. 117–120, Los Angeles, CA - USA, August 04-05, 2012
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