In the VR future, less is more.
If your Facebook friend suddenly debuts an especially patriotic avatar this week, it might not be because they’re extra excited about the 4th of July. To combat all that gay in their timelines, some conservatives are calling for true Americans cover their profile photos with American flags instead.
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…
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.
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.
Neuroscientists have taken us one step closer to an Avatar-like world after demonstrating a brain-to-spinal-cord interface that allowed a "master" monkey to remotely control the hand movement of an "avatar" monkey who was completely unconscious.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
Yes, it's a tool to help market an epic of epic epicness. Yes, everyone's already doing it. And, no, you cannot resist. Because it is, actually, pretty cool. [Scott Pilgrim Avatar Creator]
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.
A brand-new Surrogates trailer and two clips show all the pros of having your own robot avatar. For example: being able to take a hit from a speeding car, or giving Bruce Willis sexy robo-hair.
When your mind is inside a robot body that ventures out and lives your life for you, what's happening to the "real" you? Stop worrying! A new featurette from Surrogates explains the appeal of "a world without consequences.
The future is bright for lazy homebodies and their robot avatars. Jonathan Mostow's movie adaptation of the graphic novel Surrogates has just released some violent robot footage, complete with hot Bruce Willis wig action.