Say hello to Saya: she is an incredibly realistic CGI Japanese schoolgirl, created by a husband and wife team of computer graphics creators.
Has the uncanny valley just been pole-vaulted by an imaginary Japanese schoolgirl? Well, maybe – could most of us honestly tell some of these images apart from photographs?
The CGI lady in question is named Saya, and her “parents” are husband and wife, Teruyuki and Yuki Ishikawa. The Ishikawas work together creating out-of-this-world realistic, computer generated portraits, and they have big plans for their photogenic daughter – she’s going to be a movie star.
The couple are at this moment producing a film featuring Saya and a yet to be revealed co-star.
At their website, linked above, you can see some more of their fantastic portfolio, as well as work-in-progress images of Saya (vaguely NSFW for sideboob and skinlessness).
From my North American perspective, it often seems that Western companies grab the lion’s share of news for advances in computer graphics. Could the future of the technology be in Saya’s pixellated hands?
tweets: “The hardest part was achieving the moist, soft and translucent skin of girls this age. The hair, they add, are not up to their expectations.”
I’ll leave this to you folks to discuss. Is it creepy? Is it the future? Both? Yeah, I’m going to go with both.