Loom.ai Launches LoomieLive Pro for Creating Talking Avatars

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Loom.ai is introducing facial tracking and augmented reality capabilities to its LoomieLive desktop app, allowing users to create personalized talking avatars and 3D environments for Zoom and other popular video conferencing services.

"There's been a massive growth in using video for communication, both synchronous video calls and asynchronous video recordings. But despite the massive growth, often people don't want to be on camera," said Mahesh Ramasubramanian, CEO and co-founder of Loom.ai, in a statement. "Some are camera-shy, while others are fatigued, and many others simply don't want their colleagues/classmates to see their home offices. And when we do want to be on camera, there are times that we want to choose how we are expressed. Perhaps you would like a quick makeover and appear with a different hairstyle or outfit. Or maybe your company prefers a consistent branded presence for all of their video tutorials. LoomieLive Pro can help."

LoomieLive Pro presents three real-time tracking modes to bring talking avatars into video calls. The Voice mode analyzes the user's audio and produces lip-syncing animation on the avatar's lips. The Video mode tracks the user's facial expressions from a webcam to animate the avatar's full face and upper body movement. The AR mode superimposes the avatar face on the live video.

LoomieLive Pro retains the user's likeness while allowing customizations and highly expressive facial emotions. Both avatar personalization and real-time facial and voice tracking are powered by Loom.ai's artificial intelligence algorithms.

LoomieLive Pro works as a virtual camera and appears in the video dropdown menus along with other webcams. The beta version of LoomieLive Pro will remain free for the rest of 2020. In addition, there is an enterprise-focused version. LoomieLive works on Windows 10, MacOS, and Windows for Arm.

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