Apple has fortified its gaming credentials by acquiring Faceshift, the motion capture studio, whose technology has been used in the new Star Wars movie.
Apple confirmed the acquisition of the Zurich-based company which has the ability of avatar creation and real-time facial capture.
The purchase will enable the Silicon Valley giant to upgrade on any gaming or film production it embarks on in the future which seems probable given the increased focus of games on the new Apple TV, which Apple claims offers console quality games.
Apple confirmed the news in a statement that Apple purchases smaller technology companies from time to time, and they generally do not talk about their plans or purpose.
It follows similar moves by Facebook which joined up with researchers from the University of Southern California to come up with a way to capture facial expressions and apply them onto an avatar for its Oculus Rift.
Faceshift’s unique quality is its facial motion capture abilities – for both films and games the technology has the ability to closely mimic a person’s precise expressions and immediately include them into an avatar’s face. It may also have security applications, with the software capable of recognizing faces for identification purposes.
The adeptness of Faceshift’s abilities is proven in its use in Star Wars: The Force Awakens which utilized the technology to make non-human characters increasingly human-like in their expressions.