Have a digital camera on hand? More likely than not, I think. If you’re free to experiment, and feel up to demo, take three photos of your mug and send them the way of Big Stage. There your profile will be displayed in three-dimensional form as part of a custom, automated design called “@ctor.” The reason for this is to create an avatar to use “through a diverse array of online media, networks and communities.”
BigStage’s tagline ‘You. Your way. Online.’ reminds me of ‘Your world. Your imagination.’ But might be that’s just me! Luckily ‘Big Stage is a new generation digital media company enabling vivid personal projection into online media and activies’ sounds way more healthy then ‘we’ll sell you virtual land’. So let’s try shall we? I took three profile photographs, as advised, with flash/facelight.
Sadly enough, I have the following remarks:
- You gave me a double chin!
- You made me fat.
- Where are my breasts?
- My right eye looks ugly when I smile!
- You washed out my spots.
- There are no neko ear accessories.
But overall, they didn’t do that bad (at first glance, better than what cyberextruder does for generating SL skins from your RL headshot), considering processing a white spotted avatar with giant eyes and strange Second Life shading is probably not what it was designed for. If anybody feels like testing this out with their human face, please share the results! In the mean while, Vint starring in respectively a Bigstage Horror Movie and The A-team.
Note for those who want to try: changing the appearance of my ‘@ctor’ by adding hair, hats, … does not work in FireFox. It does function in Internet Explorer.
Your own content in Big Stage? Currently, you can only import your face, but if you take a quick look at the FAQ, you’ll see that the ‘can I create my own accessories?’, ‘can I upload my own expressions?’ and ‘can I upload my own content to put my actor in?’ all have answers à la ‘we anticipate this being an option shortly’. To keep an eye on. (Who knows Vint can be the next Bond girl this way? ;))
A more serious review can be read at Mashable.