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In this talk, Paul will talk about using three.js and Amazon Polly to create a 3D web avatar that talks to you. He believes that part of the future of the web are these 3D experiences. However a lot of people seem to be unaware that such stuff is even possible today, Paul will demonstrate how it is possible to pull together some common libraries and tools to produce something quickly that looks pretty good.
Paul will share a little bit about three.js and how you set up a scene then move onto models and how many of these are available freely, then move onto talking about AWS Polly and how as well as speech this can produce Visemes which allow you to animate a 3d face in time with the speech. He will then talk about how to glue this together and conclude with a short demonstration.
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Getting the Web to Speak - Using Polly and three.js to Create a Realistic Avatar
Paul Hodgson has been a developer for 25 years now. He started off in the industry with ERP and Database products but for the last 15 years he has primarily been doing Web development as a full-stack developer. He really loves the Web and the fact that you have more power on your phones now than on the computers you used growing up. He currently works for a company "Lead Forensics" which does web page analytics as a Solutions Architect. In the past 3 years he has lead a migration here from a monolithic C# MVC based web application to a node.js based microservice architecture (with 300+ microservices running in AWS and increasing all the time). In his spare time he also likes to code and generally play around with computers (see www.talentturtle.com for a leave application he wrote).