From: Miriam English (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 18 2002 - 01:13:42 MST
There are a number of ways you could go. There are various virtual worlds
that include the ability to use customised avatars (an avatar is the body
you wear inside a virtual world). But I am guessing you need something that
can be put inside a web page or sent via email.
VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) is free, and can be embedded
inside an ordinary web page or html email, but requires a little bit of
work to make. It is not too hard to use a fairly generic head and map
photos of yourself onto it. If this interests you I will give you more info
On the other hand, if you want something immediately that requires no
specialised knowledge then check out the links below. Bear in mind that
most of these use formats that are entirely incompatible with everything
else on the planet, and require the end-user who is intended to view the
thing to download special (free) software.
Avatar-Me (they do whole-body personalised avatars)
SoftFace 3D (they have a free lite version available from Simtel.net and
they will convert your file to VRML for you for a small fee)
if you have problems finding the SoftFace page then go to here:
I seem to recall that there are some others too, but I seem to have lost my
list. But I guess that is probably enough for now.
At 04:18 PM 18/01/2002, Colin Hales wrote:
>This is a little 'out there', but I wonder if any of you can point me at a
>place to get a "software head". This is a sentence I never thought I'd
>A mini-spec: run under Windows, eg an VBX, OCX, C++/Java library or some
>such. A pallette of real/cartoon features and controls that allow the
>expression of emotion and even a voice.
To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Virtual Reality Association http://www.vr.org.au
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