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Interesting graphics/animation tech July 31, 2007

Posted by fukumimi in Internet, IT, Japan.

New start-up in Japan called Motion Portrait (incorporated just earlier this month), out of Sony’s R&D labs.

Their technology demo is the photo at top-right of the home page. More demos at the bottom of this page. More information here (PDF in English courtesy of MP’s distributor).

A quick and easy way to create avatars (not only from photos, works also with cartoons/anime, even with animals) which can express emotional expression, the company provides several potential uses in a B2C environment as well, targetting potential users such as on-line spectacles/glasses sites, cosmetics, hair products, etc.

Currently funded entirely by So-net Capital Partners.


1. Ken - August 1, 2007

Would be great for Second Life.

I hate to say this, but they need a better looking model on their top page.

2. Ian Wilson - August 1, 2007

I would be interested to hear your VC perspective on this space?

3. Christian - August 2, 2007

Incorporate this with eye/face capture software on the security cameras in high end apparel boutiques so that, upon walking up to a “mirror” (LCD screen), you’re already wearing the clothes, made-up, and in an appropriate environment (club, dinner party, etc). Face-capture + RFID chips in each garment could round out the system and provide “omakase” shopping with regards to other items in the store.

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