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Talking Head Demo Software for Realistic Facial Animation

TNT members involved in this project:
Stella Graßhof, M.Sc.
Felix Kuhnke, M.Sc.

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.

Golden Lip Award

 

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.

 

 

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows
  • internet connection

Software

  • Female neutral speaker
  • English speech output
  • Release: 19.04.2009
  • Download Size: 35.6MB

Download wintnt 1.0 here

 

Talking Head Screenshot

 

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

  • nonaging newsreader
  • e-learning
  • e-commerce
  • e-care

We refer to the publications presented on the corresponding project page.

  • Technical Report
    • Felix Kuhnke, Stella Graßhof, Jörn Ostermann
      Das Gesicht als Interface zwischen Mensch und Maschine - Wie wir zukünftig mit Robotern kommunizieren
      Unimagazin - Forschungsmagazin der Leibniz Universität Hannover, pp. 14-16, Hannover, 2016