A hyper-realistic avatar is designed to look even more lifelike than a usual realistic avatar, offering such a high level of immersion and authenticity that are beyond the ability of the human eye to determine – the so-called Uncanny Valley effect.
This phenomenon implies users’ adverse reaction to a digital representation of people that is remarkably realistic but still doesn’t look quite enough like a human. And when this barrier is overcome, the observer’s emotions turn back to positive. Although achieving a corresponding level of resemblance is currently unattainable, the ongoing advancements in hyper-realistic avatar technology are all aimed at reaching that ultimate goal.
At the present technical evolution stage, creating a hyper-realistic avatar involves using advanced face & motion scanning technologies and photorealistic rendering, which enable replication of even subtle details such as skin textures, hair, and eye movements. This requires extra accuracy in details and expertise in such spheres as 3D modeling, animation, texturing, and many other techniques.
Further, this digital counterpart can be animated, AI-powered, and integrated into a variety of XR (eXtended Reality) and Metaverse experiences. In particular, such avatars are often used in content creation and businesses that stand in need of high-fidelity digital representations of people in their work.