Resources Contact Us Home
Use of avatars with automatic gesturing and bounded interaction in on-line chat session

Image Number 5 for United States Patent #5880731.

Avatars representing participants in a graphic chat session are periodically animated to produce a gesture that conveys an emotion, action, or personality trait. Each participant in the chat session is enabled to select one of a plurality of different avatars to represent the participant in a graphic chat session. Associated with each avatar is a bitmap file that includes a plurality of frames illustrating the avatar in different poses, actions, and emotional states. Selected frames are displayed in rapid sequence in accord with a script file to create an animation effecting each gesture. The same script file is used to define a gesture for all of the avatars used in the chat session. A selected gesture can be transmitted with a text message to convey the user's emotional state. A gesture associated with the avatar is automatically displayed from time to time when the avatar is not otherwise gesturing or moving. The user can determine participants in the chat session with whom the user will interact, e.g., by defining a proximity radius around the user's avatar or by selecting the specific participants from a list. Avatars of participants that are outside the proximity radius (or otherwise not selected) and messages received from them are not displayed on the user's monitor.

  Recently Added Patents
Lens system
Mobile device mode control based on dual mapping of availability (presence) information
Crystal structure of human JAK3 kinase domain complex and binding pockets thereof
Transaction cost recovery queue management
Signal apparatus for facilitating safe backup of vehicles
Methods and devices for creating, compressing and searching binary tree
Sheet member and method of manufacturing sheet member
  Randomly Featured Patents
Optical transmission member
Black-surround color picture tube
Heat transfer apparatus for heat pumps
Plasma display panel having trench discharge cells with one or more electrodes formed therein and extended to outside of the trench
Non-destructive element splitting using location-based construction planning models
Image reproduction apparatus capable of simultaneously reproducing plurality of images
Electronic throttle plate index position determination for improved airflow correlation over various temperature conditions
Coil tubing cable head with tool release, fluid circulation and cable protection features
Fuel cell discharge-gas processing device
Modified electrolyte for fused salt electrolysis