With 'Siren,' Unreal Engine blurs the line between CGI and reality

She's a digital personality created using a new real-time motion-capture technology.

3360 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

    Sponsored Links

    Epic Games has been obsessed with real-time motion capture for years, but the company is now trying to take its experiments with the technology one step further. Enter "Siren," a digital personality that it created alongside a few prominent firms in the gaming industry: Vicon, Cubic Motion, 3Lateral and Tencent (which just became a major investor in Ubisoft). The crazy thing about Siren is that she comes to life using live mocap tech, powered by software from Vicon, that can make her body and finger movements be captured and live-streamed into an Unreal Engine project.

    Back in 2016, Epic Games teased the live motion-capture technology first used for Hellblade, which was stunning and showed the potential of the tech. With this new iteration, though, the company says it hopes to take "live-captured digital humans to the next level." Siren is a high-fidelity digital character based on the likeness of an actress, Bingjie Jiang from China -- and Epic Games says she's only the start. This has larger implications not just for games, but for other industries, like film, marketing and advertising. Imagine if actors didn't have to come in to do their work, it just had to be someone who looked remotely like them.

    "Siren."

    Epic Games says that, at GDC 2018, it wanted to test the potential of Cubic Motion's facial performance capture system and show how it enables real-time face animation to mirror human emotion. The company said that, "Recreating the subtle intricacies of movement can be the difference between a realistic digital recreation and a trip into the uncanny valley." The uncanny valley is when CGI doesn't look realistic at all, and that doesn't require any pre- or post-production editing. That's why real-time (essentially) cloning of analog subjects is so important.

    It's creepy, sure, but the future often is.

    Click here to catch up on the latest news from GDC 2018!

    All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    Comment
    Comments
    Share
    3360 Shares
    Share
    Tweet
    Share
    Save

    Popular on Engadget

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    Engadget's Guide to Privacy

    View
    Chinese retailers abruptly stop selling Juul e-cigarettes

    Chinese retailers abruptly stop selling Juul e-cigarettes

    View
    Short-form streaming remake of 'The Fugitive' stars Kiefer Sutherland

    Short-form streaming remake of 'The Fugitive' stars Kiefer Sutherland

    View
    Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is now available for free

    Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is now available for free

    View
    Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series will shoot in New Zealand

    Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series will shoot in New Zealand

    View

    From around the web

    Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr