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Is an avatar or talking head available in ROS?

asked 2011-12-05 00:23:34 -0500

madmax gravatar image


I am searching for an avatar like visualization in ROS.
So I have voice output and a face with speech animation that I can present on a tablet.

Right now, I only found gazebo and festival which could be usable.
Gazebo seems to me like a 3D editor similar to bender where I can load models through ROS and animate them. But I would just need something like a player that animates the face when there is voice output.

Has anyone a tip for me?

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answered 2011-12-06 03:01:53 -0500

KoenBuys gravatar image

Have a look at MORSE.

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answered 2011-12-06 02:05:52 -0500

raphael favier gravatar image

Hi there,

I am really not experienced with that but I would use Blender and its game engine. You could create a 3D model of a face that would be animated on a simple input.

This video is quite old and crappy but it shows a proof of concept of an arm being rendered in Blender and animated via a socket connection. I think you could build something similar with a face in spite of an arm no?


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Thank you, it is kinda similar to gazebo. I also found xFace, that could also be a possibility.
madmax gravatar image madmax  ( 2011-12-06 08:19:40 -0500 )edit
Does xFace work? I see their last news is from 2008.
raphael favier gravatar image raphael favier  ( 2011-12-06 22:41:12 -0500 )edit
Right now, it doesn't work from linux client to windows server. On a windows machine it works, but not ubuntu 10.04. The client does not connect to the windows server.
madmax gravatar image madmax  ( 2011-12-11 20:12:02 -0500 )edit

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