The new Talking Moose

Read about the new Talking Moose here.

We’re making a new Talking Moose. Why? What does it do? Continue reading…

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Custom window frame

We’re giving the Moose software, a custom window frame. Have a look. I thought this was important, to have our user interface showing the same craftsmanship excellence as the Moose itself.

Below is a static picture of our Save Changes dialog, but we’re just getting started with re-designing what’s inside it.

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Denise Virtual Assistant

I found this video of Guile3D’s Denise virtual assistant. It’s a good video showing the “former state-of-the art“.

I bet you didn’t watch it all.

I couldn’t tolerate the unnatural movements of Denise and her poorly-moving lips. The Moose has clearly leaped ahead in quality.

Next in this post, you’ll see Reallusion CrazyTalk. Does it look tolerable, for daily use?

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Even better lip sync

We have coded a very clever improvement to lip sync. Now it is even smoother and more natural. My previous videos of lip sync, were making the lips be the focal point of the users attention, but now they are natural enough that your attention can relax away from the lips and again be noticing the expressiveness of the eyes and other visually interesting motions. I think the lips have now crossed the uncanny valley into “seeming normal”.


Speaking Cantonese. A milestone in multi-language lip sync

On the first try, amazingly, the lip sync is excellent while speaking a Cantonese news story about New Years eve in Hong Kong, using the Nuance Sin-Ji voice. I am SO happy!

( I’m hoping to find and buy and test out Mandarin, Japanese and Russian voices soon. )


More lively animation during speaking

Today we achieved a nice little improvement. Now the Moose uses a more lively set of movements during speech, and the relaxed slower motion when not speaking.

The above video is the Mel voice by AT&T. The AT&T Natural Voices are sold at NextUp sells AT&T voices after you buy TextAloud. The Mel voice works great with excellent lip synchronization.

More examples with different male voices from different voice vendors are below…

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