Conducting realistic interactions while communicating efficiently in online conferences is highly desired but challenging. In this work, we propose a novel pixel-style virtual avatar for interacting with virtual objects in virtual conferences that can be generated in real-time. It consists of a 2D segmented head video stream for real-time facial expressions and a 3D point cloud body for realistic interactions, both of which are generated from RGB video input of a monocular webcam. We obtain a human-only video stream with a human matting method and generate the 3D avatar’s arms with a 3D pose estimation method, which improves the stereoscopic realism and sense of interaction of conference participants while interacting with virtual objects. Our approach fills the gap between 2D video conferences and 3D virtual avatars and combines the advantages of both. We evaluated our pixel-style avatar by conducting a user study; the result proved that the efficiency of our method is superior to other various existing avatar types.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was partly supported by Institute of Information & Communications Technology Planning & Evaluation (IITP) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. IITP2022-0-002880101002) and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. NRF2022R1A4A101886911).
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- pixel-style art
- virtual avatar
- virtual meeting
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Process Chemistry and Technology
- Computer Science Applications
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes