The FaceRig program is scheduled for beta release in August 2014 and will allow users to create these avatars, which can then be utilized in Skype chats, on Twitch, or on other platforms that use webcams.
The output can also be instantly recorded as a movie. It works by using state of the art real time image based tracking technology provided by Visage Technologies from Sweden, and combines it with a cross-platform real-time animation and visualization framework developed by indie-powered Holotech Studios and its partners from the games industry.
The promotional video showcases the project and its capabilities, while also outlining the vision of the project. Later goals are also mentioned, such as the possibility that users will be able to create and share their own avatar creations. The ultimate goal is to be able to create a full character and to have FaceRig tracking more than head and facial expressions.
The project was originally seeking $120,000 US, but has raised over $150,000 with 38 days of funding still to go. A pledge of $5 gets a backer a beta license for FaceRig Classic, which auto upgrades to a release license for free when it becomes available, while there are many other funding tiers available.
FaceRig's beta is scheduled to kick off in August 2014 with release versions of FaceRig Classic and Pro to be ready in December 2014 or January 2015. FaceRig Studio will take a little more time and should be released in summer 2015.