Deepak Chopra Has the Worst Avatar Ever on Twitter

Deepak Chopra, online werewolf and mortal nemesis of Gizmodo's Matt Novak, wants you to know the possiblities are infinite. A message he decided to share with the world using the only medium that matters anymore—his Twitter avatar. The possibilities are so infinite, in fact, that he has freed himself from the shackles… » 1/28/15 2:33pm 1/28/15 2:33pm

What Was Your First Avatar?

When I joined Friendster in 2003, I uploaded my first avatar. It was Chuck Close's undeniably gritty and terrific "Big Self-Portrait" from the 1960s, dangling cigarette and all. When I joined Facebook a year later, I used the same one. Friends I hadn't seen for ages thought my life had taken a turn. » 1/16/15 1:00pm 1/16/15 1:00pm

Job Applicants Admit More to a Computer Avatar, Says U.S. Gov't Study

Applying for a U.S. government job? You'll have to answer questions on drug use, criminal activity, and your loyalty to the U.S.A. And thanks to a government study, you might answer to an on-screen avatar, rather than a paper questionnaire. » 7/26/14 10:16am 7/26/14 10:16am

This Genius Kinect Rig Puts You Inside a Video Game in Two Minutes Flat

What if, the next time you played a video game, the main character not only looked like you but had the same body, same clothes, same everything? How would it change the way you related to the game? How would it change the way you relate to the other characters in it? I found out. » 2/11/14 1:00pm 2/11/14 1:00pm

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

Do You Want to Live Forever?

If you saw James Cameron's Avatar and thought "Hey now! That looks like a wise and wonderful way of existing in this world!" a Russian dreamer named Dmitry Itskov is the man you want to know. HIs "2045 Initiative" is modern, multi-billion dollar answer to the mortality. Or so he hopes it to be. » 8/02/12 12:30am 8/02/12 12:30am

How To Turn Your Twitter Avatar Into an Animated GIF

If you've been watching Twitter lately, more and more people are using animated Twitter avatars. They're eye-catching and cool, but how do you make them? It's not complicated, but as our friends at FWD point out in this handy guide, there are a few tricks that will make your clever GIF pop. [FWD] » 6/20/12 4:00pm 6/20/12 4:00pm

Computer Program Uses Avatar Role Play to Help Children Combat Social…

Computer programs have long been used to help teach children important life skills: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing a shining early example of a virtual world in which kids could learn. » 6/19/12 8:40pm 6/19/12 8:40pm

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

Avatar Kinect: Now Your Avatar Smiles, Smirks and Talks When You Do

Your Xbox Live avatar leads a lonely existence. Or did, anyway, before Avatar Kinect came along. Now, Kinect recognizes your face: When you smile, when you raise your eyebrows, when you talk—and your Avatar uncannily does the same. » 1/05/11 10:04pm 1/05/11 10:04pm

Michael Jackson's 3D Body Scans on eBay for $1.5 Million

This just seems wrong. A U.S businessman claims he's been sitting on 3D scans from 1996, when MJ was aged 37. It's rumored the singer wanted a virtual or robot double, and this data, if real, would enable just that. » 11/18/09 12:40pm 11/18/09 12:40pm

Microsoft Explains that Every Xbox Avatar Has a 'Real'

Microsoft's latest clip offers a somewhat brilliant introduction to NXE, the Xbox 360's new interface. It's a commercial, yes, but the spot has a Pixaresque sensibility that makes the whole thing dreadfully charming. [Thanks Leo!] » 4/09/09 8:15am 4/09/09 8:15am

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

G4's Priming a Flashmob in PlayStation Home Tonight

Attack of the Show is planning a little gathering tonight in PlayStation Home, encouraging one and all to join them in 7PM EST to dance the robot. Will the servers hold? » 12/16/08 6:20pm 12/16/08 6:20pm

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 time…

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update Details

Here's what we just learned from Microsoft in their round-table discussion on Xbox Live and the new Dashboard. First, the impetus for re-designing the dash was that the current content navigation is too difficult. They only planned on a couple hundred/thousand items, but they currently have 20,000+ pieces of content… » 7/14/08 6:16pm 7/14/08 6:16pm

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