Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere these days, with ChatGPT serving as a fantastic example of the technology’s capabilities. However, AI is also revolutionizing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), which is where Wonders.ai and CEO Michael Lin are focusing their efforts to create AI companions from characters.
AI companions with a character of their own. Unlike a normal virtual character or companion, Wonders.ai allows users to carry around sophisticated companions that are accessible with their smartphones.
- The companions can take the 3D form of any character.
- They know the user and can pick up on context.
- Characters are capable of adapting to any situation by adjusting their behavior and voice.
Wonders.ai is replacing the stale VR and AR experiences currently available by freeing characters from their medium. The technology even has the potential to enable loved ones to become virtual companions, never to leave your side.
Instead of voice acting, AI simulation is used. In many situations, voice actors are used to capture lines for realistic character voices. However, Wonders.ai has trained its AI to simulate a character’s voice, allowing it to chat and speak like the character.
- The technology allows for artificial voices to be composed and synthesized in multiple languages.
- The voices can express feelings, emotions, curiosity, temperament, and empathy.
Conversations go beyond plain text. Lin believed “users needed to be able to physically interact with the characters.” That is why Wonders.ai also trained the AI to act like the characters. Moreover, it was all accomplished using the cloud and animation assets that avoid the need for massive amounts of storage space.
- The AI grabs animation assets based on the user and context.
- It has been trained to recognize food and emotions.
- Users can interact using real-time gestures, “touching” them.
Wonders.ai allows for multifaceted human-computer interactions that lead to memorable and unique experiences. Moreover, with co-presence technology, up to three users can interact with an AI companion from different devices.
Technology designed for smartphones. The platform is designed to thrive within the limitations of the portable devices people carry every day — smartphones. It was built from scratch to avoid using third-party APIs, which are not cost-effective and do not ensure user privacy.
Live streaming and interactive AR applications. There are many use cases for the platform and technology, such as a fashion evaluation service and potential use to revolutionize customer experience across industries. However, one application that stands out and is already underway is live streaming.
Because of the ability to reach out and “touch” virtual characters, as well as their learning and behavioral abilities, it is an exceptional tool for live streaming. The company plans to participate in more events and bring more features to open more streaming possibilities.
Additionally, Wonders.ai is expanding its interactive AR tech to South East Asia, where it is working with leading Malaysian VTuber agency MyHalo TV. Immersive mixed-reality experiences are on the way.
For anyone interested, keep an eye out for the Wonderverse app, which is set to drop soon and will place all of Wonders.ai’s exciting technology at your fingertips.