Patent Number: 6,169,555

Title: System and methods for communicating through computer animated images

Abstract: The method and system generates an animation sequence for a live character during communication. In response to a performer's voice and other inputs, the animation sequence of the character is generated on a real-time basis and approximates human speech. The animated character is capable of expressing certain predetermined states of mind such as happy, angry and surprised. In addition, the animated character is also capable of approximating natural movements associated with speech.

Inventors: Yamamoto; Minoru (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Image Link Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G06T 15/70 (20060101); G06F 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018