Want to make an avatar more human? Or help a robot have personality? That’s exactly what the folks at Geppetto Avatars are doing.
I had a chance to talk to co-founder Mark Stephen Meadows, Chief Creative and Chief Science Officer of Geppetto Avatars after his presentation at the 2014 Digital Health Summer Summit. He told me that Geppetto builds hearts and minds for avatars and robots. They are giving avatars personality – and that is a key to more effective avatar-to-human communication.
Geppetto uses natural language processing, sentiment analysis, voice to text recognition and real-time multimedia generation and they add in art, psychology, narrative, and character design. Because the words that come out of our mouth are only 60% of effective communication, Mark says it is important to give the avatars an appropriate tone and cadence of voice, facial expression and other gestures, as well as responsiveness to the individual with whom they are communicating.
Geppetto Avatars has a big vision: to build a virtual healthcare workforce. And they aim to make home visits happen again.
Be sure to watch this video interview to learn more about this fascinating company – I am pretty sure there will be a robot or avatar in your future too someday.
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