2021. 11. 06

EmojiCam: Emoji-Assisted Video Communication System Leveraging Facial Expressions

This study proposes the design of a communication technique that uses graphical icons, including emojis, as an alternative to facial expressions in video calls. Using graphical icons instead of complex and hard-to-read video expressions simplifies and reduces the amount of information in a video conference. The aim was to facilitate communication by preventing quick and incorrect emotional delivery. In this study, we developed EmojiCam, a system that encodes the emotions of the sender with facial expression recognition or user input and presents graphical icons of the encoded emotions to the receiver. User studies and existing emoji cultures were applied to examine the communication flow and discuss the possibility of using emoji in video calls. Finally, we discuss the new value that this model will bring and how it will change the style of video calling.

contact: Kosaku Namikawa (namikawa@digitalnature.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp)