Phillip Torrone of MAKE magazine shows us a video demo of Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP’s face tracking technology. As you can see it’s really fun! But beyond that, it could mean more interesting personal media production possibilities (e.g. videocasting). What used to be affordable only by television news networks, is now a reality for the rest of us.
When I first saw Logitech’s QuickCam Orbit MP web camera last year, it looked to me like a sturdy camera for those of us who were really into video conferencing or even videocasting. I experimented with Logitech’s face tracking technology in which the camera would zoom in to automatically center where your face was on screen. Little did I know that the QuickCam Orbit MP did more than that… it added interactivity and image overlays similar to that of the EyeToy PS2 videogame or ToySight for the Mac.
For videocasters, this is awesome…
Since Phil revealed that the files used for the model/avatars are .LVA (avatars) and .LVF for the face accessories, you could download more or even create your own! I could possibly make cartoons or machinimas easily, buy/sell virtual tie & suit outfits for videocasters to “wear”, the list goes on. Since we are seeing Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) getting more mainstream now, we are beginning to see our dual existence (online/real-life) slowly becoming one.
Applications such as these serve to merge the two even more… heck I could have my World of Warcraft character turned into my web cam avatar! I see this idea not only entertaining, but of having serious implications in defining our identity today.