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BigStage’s avatars serve your virtual vanity

imageThe bemused bits you see to your right compose one frame of the animated output of BigStage, a company I saw at a Pepcom media event earlier this week. BigStage generates avatars out of three digital camera pictures of your face pointing to slightly different angles in about a minute.

I thought the results were the most realistic digital me I’ve seen, although the generated hair is a bit more moussed than I usually wear it, the stock glasses are a little darker than my frames, and I’m pretty sure I can’t raise my eyebrow that high in real life. You can also choose from different expressions; an open-mouthed surprised was more realistic than a weakly smiling happy.

Getting the avatar is free, but the company is striking licensing deals as one source of revenue. You can insert your avatar, for example, into clips from old TV shows like The A Team and The Greatest American Hero. It looks comically out of place in film, but could work well in a video game; company representatives showed a convincing blend into Grand Theft Auto.They’ll also, of course, have their own digital goods to keep your avatar in the finest that virtual materialism has to offer. In any case, if you’re looking for a change of face for your Facebook or Twitter pic, it’s a lot of fun.


  1. Mike Rose Mike Rose November 22, 2008

    That’s like the MacGyver version of you.

  2. Ross Rubin Ross Rubin November 22, 2008

    Business enough in the front, but needs a little more “party in the back.”

  3. Jonas Gray Jonas Gray November 23, 2008

    Thanks for the write-up Ross! For the more “party” look, don’t forget that you can change shirts and backgrounds at the most basic level. You can also post/share this as an animated video. And in terms of projecting the “digital you” (your @ctor) into video games world and virtual worlds, stay tuned!

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