Sunday, February 19, 2012

Digital Ventriloquized Actor

Device turns gestures into song

Researchers at the University of British Columbia demonstrate a gesture-controlled artificial speech system that's good enough to sing.

Researchers have created a system that converts hand gestures into speech, and yes, into song as well. Although the system isn't yet ready for a shot at "American Idol," its name — Digital Ventriloquized Actor, or DiVA — gives you an idea where the technology is going.
"It is a singing synthesizer," said Sidney Fels, director of the University of British Columbia's Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Center, or MAGIC. Fels explained how DiVA does its thing today in Vancouver at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



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