In line with this type of development, we can mention the case of Hour One, another startup that creates synthetic characters based on real humans.
In this case, videos of real people are also taken to later generate a virtual twin that will be the protagonist of the video that the user wants. In a few minutes, a personalized clip can be obtained in which the virtual character will say the text indicated by the user.
These developments are reminiscent of the initiative that Samsung’s Star Lab presented at the CES technology fair in 2020. It is Neon, humanized versions created by artificial intelligence, capable of showing empathy and expressing emotions. A project that was not heard of after that time but that is one more indicator of an industry that is growing.
How to create a digital human
There is a platform, with free access, that allows you to produce a digital avatar with very realistic human features. This is MetaHuman Creator, an Epic Games program that launched last year. The tool, which is cloud-based, can be accessed by clicking here.
The interface is friendly and the system is very easy to use. It is not necessary to have advanced knowledge in technology to use the platform. At the beginning you will see several models of avatars. You choose one and start customizing the different aspects on the screen: hair, eyes, mouth, eyebrows, etc. As an option is chosen, the changes made will be seen on the screen.
Yes indeed, it is not possible to generate a personalized video from there as in the previous cases, but simply develop a virtual character from the models that are seen on the portall. Then the user can use those generated avatars in the projects they have in Unreal Engine, a tool widely used by video game developers since it allows them to create simulations, animations and edit videos, among other alternatives.
For the rest of the users who do not have an account on that platform, it only works as an option to give free rein to the imagination and generate a hyper-realistic avatar.