FaceVR: Real-Time Facial Reenactment and Eye Gaze Control in VR

2016 Nov 25

Justus Thies et al., have developed a novel approach for real-time gaze-aware facial capture system to drive the photo-realistic reconstructed digital face in virtual reality. Their approach enables facial reenactment that can transfer facial expressions and realistic eye appearance between a source and a target actor video.

Real-Time Facial Reenactment and Eye Gaze Control in VR

Head mounted displays (HMDs) provide immersive renderings of virtual environments. But in order to do so HMDs block the majority of the actor/participant’s face. In order to reconstruct the actor/participant’s face, Thies et al., use an RGB camera to capture the facial performance of the participant and Pupil Labs’s Oculus Rift DK2 add-on cup to capture eye movements within the HMD. The source actor’s facial and eye movement data is then used to drive the photo-realistic facial animations of the target video, therefore enabling gaze-aware facial reenactment.

Check out their full paper available on arxiv - FaceVR: Real-Time Facial Reenactment and Eye Gaze Control in VR.

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