Saya is a ultra realistic virtual Japanese schoolgirl. Sharp featured the project at the CEATEC 2016 in Japan on 8K TVs.
Saya is the creation of Japanese computer graphic designers Teruyuki Ishikawa and Yuka Ishikawa (telyuka) living in Tokyo. Sharp has featured the incredible realistic virtual Japanese Schoolgirl at the CEATEC 2016 in Japan this week.
Saya was "born" in 2015. Now she can move with the help of motion capture actress. The incredible detail of Saya makes her the perfect subject to demonstrate the next generation 8K TVs. At some point in the future you might be meeting Saya in virtual reality. The Saya project shows what an ultra realistic virtual reality experience will look like. You will hardly be able to tell if the person is real or just made up of pixels.
Nikkei has met Saya at the CEATEC Japan and released the video of her moving and looking around.
Update: The designers behind Saya talked in a new interview to BBC. "Saya has come a long way since her birth. In order to make her more human we have been reworking her from head-to-toe. Though we never thought of ourselves as Saya's parents, we created her with love and affection as if she was our daughter," said Mrs Ishikawa to BBC.
According to Mrs Ishikawa, 17-year-old Saya is humble and kind, a good student with a strong set of morals and ethics. That is how we like our virtual people.
8K TVs will be huge topic at the CES 2017 as TV manufacturer are ready to enter the next evolution of TVs. The problem is 8K content, as usual. It will be years until 4K becomes broadcast standard. It will be likely a decade until 8K breaks into mainstream. CES news have already started to trickle in. Read the latest CES 2017 news. The big topic for TVs for the Holiday shopping season will be 4K TVs with HDR support. HDR content is spreading fast, pushed by Sony's PS4 support and by Microsoft's new Xbox One S.