So you pop in a new game … and you’re wasting away the first 10 minutes or so making your avatar.
A new product from the Estonian company Wolf3D is looking to change that experience. With their latest product, you can just load a virtual 3D copy of yourself and use it in games, platforms—pretty much everywhere in the digital world.
The product, called Ready Player Me, allows you to create your own 3D avatar from a selfie, which you can use in games and virtual experiences. Wolf3D started out building 3D body scanners in 2014. It has since branched out to building avatars for leading game and VR developers.
The team was able to develop Ready Player Me after scanning tens and thousands of people. They also used machine learning to build the “selfie to avatar” system in which Ready Player Me was built.
“The goal with Ready Player Me is to give users a standard avatar they can use in many games and VR apps across the world,” explained Wolf3D founder and CEO Timmu Tõke, in a Gizmodo interview. “For the developers, we are a complete avatar/character system they can implement ‘in a click of a button.’”
Just this year, the Tallinn-based startup raised a total of $2.8 million to build out the product. Currently, you can find Ready Player Me at work in a number of games, such as those from HTC and Wargaming. The fresh funding, says the company, will help expand the product, taking it from the browser to the smartphone.
“We’re building a platform that makes avatars transportable between many different virtual experiences,” Tõke added.
In addition, Wolf3D says that its latest product can support different artistic styles of avatars, even from different game styles and genres. This means that games using the product can generate a 3D avatar using nothing but a selfie you uploaded.