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Japanese students and researchers build mask with screen that turns wearer's face into anime avatar05:09

Japanese students and researchers build mask with screen that turns wearer's face into anime avatar

Japan, Hakodate
September 24, 2020 at 19:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Researchers from Future University Hakodate have helped develop a full face mask that displays the wearer's face as an anime-style avatar, complete with real-time facial expressions, as seen in Hakodate, on Wednesday.

When put on the face, the 'Digital Kamen e2-MaskZ' the device detects facial expressions, such as anger or sadness, and the avatar will reproduce them on the device's screen.

"Japanese students like anime, games, and such characters. They fancy changing their faces into one of those characters, so that was the motivation behind the starting of this project, " explained Yoshinari Takegawa, Associate Professor at the Future University Hakodate.

"For example, when a doctor puts on this mask, a crying child may be willing to get an injection, or be treated by a dentist if a favourite character comes out on the mask," he added.

The project is a joint international endeavour with contributions from researchers at Future University Hakodate and Keio University in Tokyo, as well as the UK's University College London.

Japanese students and researchers build mask with screen that turns wearer's face into anime avatar05:09
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Researchers from Future University Hakodate have helped develop a full face mask that displays the wearer's face as an anime-style avatar, complete with real-time facial expressions, as seen in Hakodate, on Wednesday.

When put on the face, the 'Digital Kamen e2-MaskZ' the device detects facial expressions, such as anger or sadness, and the avatar will reproduce them on the device's screen.

"Japanese students like anime, games, and such characters. They fancy changing their faces into one of those characters, so that was the motivation behind the starting of this project, " explained Yoshinari Takegawa, Associate Professor at the Future University Hakodate.

"For example, when a doctor puts on this mask, a crying child may be willing to get an injection, or be treated by a dentist if a favourite character comes out on the mask," he added.

The project is a joint international endeavour with contributions from researchers at Future University Hakodate and Keio University in Tokyo, as well as the UK's University College London.

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