NTT Docomo has unveiled a new technology for what’s known as the “metaverse.”
The Japanese telecom giant says it can make characters in a 3D online world mirror the movements of their users.
They include facial expressions. When users blink or smile, for instance, their avatars do the same in real time.
NTT Docomo says this feature can help improve customer services in the metaverse, a 3D virtual-reality universe.
The company’s technology also allows users to synch their body movements with their avatars.
Punching and kicking are mimicked. This feature can liven up online events.
High-tech firms are actively engaged in the metaverse. They include Microsoft and Facebook, now called Meta Platforms.
Ando Tomohiro, Development manager of NTT Docomo says, “The metaverse will play a very big role in expanding what can be called a ‘remote society in the future.’ He also says, “We aim for a world that seamlessly blends the virtual with the real.”
Ando says the company hopes to deliver its new services to users as soon as possible.