Beyond human, Avatar as multimedia expression

Ron Broglio, Stephen Guynup

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The Avatar, the representation of the user in three-dimensional chat environments, serves as a visual identifier for the user and through gestures/ costumes acts as a means of expression for the user. The Avatar also serves as a point through which the user receives information and manipulates the environment. Abstracted into programming terminology, the Avatar is not a humanoid representation endowed with gestural expression, but a four dimensional point (3D & time) for data exchange. Accepting this abstraction of the Avatar opens the door to a world of simple, yet previously unthinkable, possibilities for expressive communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-123
Number of pages4
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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