Exact Eye Contact with Virtual Humans

  • Andrei State
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4796)

Abstract

This paper describes a simple yet effective method for achieving accurate, believable eye contact between humans and computer-generated characters, which to the author’s knowledge is demonstrated here for the first time. A prototype system provides a high-fidelity stereoscopic head-tracked virtual environment, within which the user can engage in eye contact with a near-photorealistic virtual human model. The system does not require eye tracking. The paper describes design and implementation details, and reports qualitative positive feedback from initial testers.

Keywords

Eye Contact Virtual Human Gaze Direction Interactive Virtual Environment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrei State
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  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB 3175 Sitterson Hall, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA, and InnerOptic Technology Inc., P. O. Box 824, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0824USA

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