After cobbling together some clip art to demonstrate his concept, Bramhill ran his proposal by Jennifer 8 Lee, who has a non-voting seat on the Unicode subcommittee for emojis. She had also been through the emoji-submission process herself, successfully proposing the Dumpling and Fortune Cookie emojis. (Note: Lee appeared previously in the episode of 99pi embedded below).
Rapid proliferation of mobile devices over the past decade and their enormous improvements in terms of computing power and display quality opens new possibilities in using 3D representations for complementing voice-based user interaction. Their rendering power allows creation of new user interfaces that combine 3D graphics with speech recognition and synthesis. Likewise, powerful speech-recognition and synthesis tools are becoming widely available on mobile clients or readily accessible over the network, using standardized protocols and APIs. The presented 3-dimensional talking head on a mobile phone display represents a promising alternative to the traditional menu/windows/icons interface for sophisticated applications, or a more complete and natural communication alternative to purely voice- or tone-based interaction. Such interface has proven many time to be useful as a virtual news reader (Alexa, Berner, Hellenschmidt, & Rieger, 2001), weather forecast (Kunc, & Kleindienst, 2007), healthcare communication assistant (Keskin, Balci, Aran, Sankur, & Akarun, 2007) blog enhancement (Kunc, Slavik, & Kleindienst, 2008) and can be very useful especially in developing regions where people often cannot read and write. 2b1af7f3a8