News and Media Coverage

February 26th, 2017
CBS Sunday Morning segmet on creating digital actors


August 16th, 2016
Pasadena Magazine article discussing our digital doctors project with Dr. Leslie Saxon:


June 17th, 2016 coverage of our Rapid Avatar project with Evan Suma and Skip Rizzo:


May 18th, 2016
CCTV America coverage of our Rapid Avatar project:


May 9th, 2016
PrimeMind article on our Rapid Avatar Project:


February 3rd, 2016
USC coverage of our rapid avatar process for use in video games:

The future of gaming: Create your own character in just four minutes

January 29th, 2016
Voice of America coverage of Dr. Leslie Saxon’s initiative to virtualize doctors as a means to provide additional avenues of communication to medical experts. My team put together a prototype of the virtual doctor using our avatar technologies as an economical way to generate a virtual character of specific person. Typically, creating a photorealistic digital representation of a particular person takes a massive amount of 3D expertise and time. We were able to accomplish this in about 2 days, and today that process would take around 4 hours, making such a representation economically viable for a large number of people.

July 22nd, 2014
Voice of America covered the Rapid Avatar technology.

July 17th, 2014

Ari Shapiro was interviewed by about the Rapid Avatar technology in preparation for SIGGRAPH’s Real Time Live event. The interview is here:


April 17, 2014

News article from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering on the Fast Avatar Capture and Simulation work:

February 21, 2014
Here is a Gizmodo article on our Rapid Avatar Capture and Simulation project where we can capture a person using a first-generation Microsoft Kinect system and simulate them in a matter of minutes.

GIZMODO – Kinect Avatar Creation at USC from Gizmodo on Vimeo.