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
Dry-cooling unit with gravity-assisted coolant flow
Assisted hybrid mobile browser
Agglutination judgment method
System and method for routing streaming data requests
Solid-state imaging apparatus, method of manufacturing solid-state imaging apparatus, and electronic apparatus
Semiconductor process
Conductor for transmitting electrical power
  Randomly Featured Patents
Free-forming one-way network
Winch having split housing and drive components
Intake air flow detecting device for internal combustion engine
Belt mounted remote radio transmitter for signalling an operator of heavy equipment
Combined bottle and closure
Constricted split block waveguide low pass filter with printed circuit filter substrate
Recovery of aprotic amides
Flanged bearing ring for the hub of a motor vehicle wheel
Noise reduction method, medium, and system
Method and apparatus for developing photosensitive lithographic plate