Research Report

SiMAX meets all the key criteria!

Authoring Institute:
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Campus D 3 2
D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany

Research Findings (excerpt only):

A large number of deaf research participants viewed the use of avatars as positive. After receiving more information about the issue, the percentage of respondents who expressed a positive opinion furthermore increased significantly.

Other key findings of the study:

Natural and emotive facial expressions, as well as clearly distinguishable lip movements, are essential factors for acceptance.

Acceptance for an avatar increases when the avatar is able to display emotions.

Fluid and lifelike movement is also very important (as opposed to a “robotic” avatar).

A 3D view is also considered desirable.