As a result of the facial animation research at our institute, we are able to provide a download of our free talking head demo software.
This research work on facial animation received the Golden Lips Award for Audiovisual Consistency in the first visual speech synthesis challenge: LIPS 2008, which was a special session held at the Interspeech conference, Sept. 22-26, 2008 in Brisbane, Australia.
More details on former and current research in the field of realistic facial animation can be found at the corresponding project page.
The provided test software for a talking head is a standalone software, executable on windows systems. Please be aware, that an internet connection is necessary, enabling the software to connect to an external text-to-speech system (TTS). The executable and the necessary system files can are combined in a rar file. After successful download, please extract the archived rar files and execute the "wintnt.exe" program. Any text which is typed in the text field, will then be spoken by the female avatar.
Our text-to-speech system is currently under maintance. If you wish to use the demo, please send us an email.
Using our demo software might improve the human-machine communication immensely as it enables to replace text answers of a machine by an animated talking head. Some applications are