In Brief

'Zoe' is a digital talking head created by the Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering.

Researchers at Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge‘s Department of Engineering have collaborated to develop a digital avatar that can express a full range of human emotions. ‘Zoe’ is a virtual “talking head,” which could be used as a digital personal assistant or for “face messaging.”

The lifelike face can appear happy, sad, angry, tender, afraid, neutral or a combination of these emotions. Users can type in a message and indicate what emotions it should have, and it will recite the text.

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