Xin Xiaowei is the world’s first 3D AI anchor. XINHUA
Xinhua News Agency introduced its first digital anchor in 2018. Developed by Xinhua and the search engine Sogou, this technology was developed through machine learning to simulate the voices, facial movements and gestures of real broadcasters. And now, Xinhua is expanding its lineup of virtual presenters. In May, Xinhua released the world’s first 3D artificial intelligence (AI) anchor, Xin Xiaowei.
According to Xinhua, the 3D anchor is modeled on Zhao Wanwei, a flesh-and-blood reporter for the news agency.
Her digital counterpart was brought to life by “multi-modal recognition and synthesis, facial recognition and animation and transfer learning”, according to Sogou.
Unlike previous virtual anchors, this newest addition “communicates visual and audio information more naturally and smoothly in real time”, Xinhua reported.
Just as Xin said on her release footage: “In the future, I will walk out of the studio and bring you a refreshing news broadcasting style ...”
During her first appearance at an animated broadcast studio, she also performed complex facial expressions, for example, nodding her head and blinking as she spoke.
More interestingly, Xin also can change her clothes and hairstyles based on different scenarios.
Though the new anchor already looks quite real, the agency said that the AI news anchor would be improved and updated in her expressions and movements. That will certainly create a new and dynamic viewing experience for their audience.
The AI anchor recently reported on the two sessions, the annual plenary sessions of the National People’s Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.