Facial animation reaches new heights with 'Emily'

The above video is of a woman named Emily discussing the new process that allows company Image Metrics to create highly-realistic computer animations of people. Sound boring? Maybe, until you realize that Emily is a product of that system. Yes, she's an animation.

She was created by taking a number of photos of the real Emily and creating a model of her face. They were then able to use that data to create the above animation. Image Metrics has done work on projects such as Grand Theft Auto IV. Are we finally reaching the time where computer animations are indistinguishable from reality? If we aren't there yet, we will be soon. Amazing stuff.

Times Online, via Gizmodo