Twitter Just Outlawed Animated GIF Avatars

Amid all the horrible horrible changes and new policies Twitter has implemented in the past six months, one of the few saving graces is that it never nixed the ability to upload animated GIFs for use as avatars. As Buzzfeed FWD points out, Twitter has claimed it would enforce the policy sooner or later, and now that… » 9/20/12 5:26pm 9/20/12 5:26pm

This Flirtatious NYC Airport Avatar Was Definitely Designed by a Dude

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has installed in Newark Liberty, JFK, and LaGuardia airports an interactive avatar projected onto a plexiglass silhouette of a woman's body. Lost and disoriented travelers can ask her for help with things like getting to the correct gate, security checkpoint rules, and… » 5/23/12 12:20am 5/23/12 12:20am

Augmented Reality Avatar James May Is Your New Museum Buddy

Unlike Tupac, BBC host James May doesn't have to be dead before we get an augmented reality version of him. Granted, this is not quite as thrilling as having a Hologram Tupac Shakur perform as if still living, but as far as museum guides go, an augmented reality miniature man is a pretty sweet deal. » 4/28/12 12:20am 4/28/12 12:20am

This Is Why Xbox Live Avatars Are Cartoon-y, Not Creepy

Xbox's Avatar Kinect is pretty wild: It tracks and replicates your facial expressions with surprising precision. Which probably made you think about having a more realistic Avatar reppin' yourself owning up 12-year-olds in Halo, or something. But Microsoft Research's Photo-Real Talking Head project, which uses 2D… » 2/25/11 2:00am 2/25/11 2:00am

Your Xbox 360 Avatar Is Online and Publicly Accessible

Anyone who's upgraded to the New Xbox Experience knows that it gives a run on Wii's money as far as personal iconography is concerned. I just learned that you can look up peoples' avatars—as long as you have a gamertag of someone you love or hate, plug it in here and you'll see just how amazing or lame their gaming… » 3/21/09 3:15am 3/21/09 3:15am

Creating Avatars Through The New Xbox Experience

Click to view » 9/20/08 11:15am 9/20/08 11:15amAs part of , an Xbox 360 firmware update coming at an undisclosed date, Microsoft has taken a lesson from Nintendo and added 3D cartoon avatars to the mix. In this clip, you can see just how robust the creation is—far more detailed and customizable than a Mii—though we can't help but to wonder if Miis…

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update Comes in November

Microsoft's just gone on the record with RPG-TV and said the Fall Xbox 360 Dashboard Update » 8/25/08 5:20pm 8/25/08 5:20pm will be hitting in November, which technically is still a part of Fall. Previous updates have also been released in late November (as close to Winter as you could push it while still being Fall), but all those coming this…

Apple Patent Filing Hints at Second Life-Style Storefront

A recent patent filing by Apple Inc. entitled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere indicates that Steve Jobs' next BOOM could involve a hat tip to virtual worlds like Second Life. According to the filing, Apple is considering a more interactive visual representation of its online store complete with changing weather… » 4/20/08 7:00pm 4/20/08 7:00pm

Japanese Avatar Software Replaces Your Hair, Gives You Facepaint in…


This is real-time "avatar" software from Japan that takes video of a person and automagically gives them a new hairstyle, makeup or outfit. It's really incredible how well it works in real time, and you can imagine this tech being used everywhere from hair salons to clothing stores to online gaming. I want to know… » 12/26/07 1:30pm 12/26/07 1:30pm

Mobile Secretary Does Everything a Real-Life Secretary Does — Except …

Developed by Chinese company InterGrafx, Mobile Secretary was unveiled yesterday at Nokia World. Basically a 3D avatar that handles SMS and incoming calls on your mobile phone, Mobile Secretary comes in various shapes and forms (plump maternal, foxy blonde Svetlana, cool-headed brunette—wonder if there are any male… » 12/05/07 10:42am 12/05/07 10:42am