Epic Games has acquired Hyprsense, a company that specializes in technology that synchronizes people’s facial expressions in real-time with those of virtual characters. The technology is coming to the Unreal Engine.
The acquisition is in line with previous acquisitions of Epic to acquire game character technology. Last year Epic took over Serbian 3Lateral. That company is developing technology to create virtual models that look like realistic people. At the beginning of this year, the acquisition of the British Cubic Motion, which specializes in animations of real-looking facial expressions of digital characters followed.
Hyprsense introduced a test version of its app >Hyprmeet for Zoom, Discord and OBS. This allowed users to use an avatar for video calls, with the user’s facial expressions following that. According to Hyprsense, no specialized technology is required and synchronization works with a simple webcam. The app is no longer available.
The company’s technique can detect fifty facial expressions and provides tracking for eyes and the tongue. The company’s Hyprface sdk has a size of 15MB and can track at up to 300fps if a system with an Intel Core i9 processor is used.
Hyprsense was founded in 2015 and initially focused on facial tracking for VR headsets, but gradually the company focused more on using 2D cameras from smartphones and PCs. An acquisition amount has not been disclosed.