Oculus is giving avatars a range of human expressions

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Oculus has rolled out a huge update for its virtual reality avatars, giving them the ability to simulate human expressions. Well, the most basic human expressions like smiling, that is — but at least they’ll look a bit livelier and friendlier when when you meet up with friends in the virtual world or visit other users’ Public Homes.

According to Oculus, Expressive Avatars can simulate eye and mouth movements to make VR interactions a bit more natural. The feature was apparently a huge challenge for the company, which describes it as the “culmination of user feedback and years of research and innovations in machine learning, engineering and design.”

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