My view is that Siri will continue to take on more responsibility and capability but truly comes of age when she’s an official talking head, with face-to-face, two-way communication. Here’s a glimpse of how it will work.
Say Hello To My Talking Head
What used to be the domain of animators and expensive equipment, is now available for a few dollars. Yes, Mac user, you can create your own talking head animation.
Noodle Flix is one of just a few Mac animation apps that let you create, well, for lack of a better word, a talking head.
It’s an animated head in a QuickTime-like movie screen which talks. You create the text, Noodle Flix reads the text and makes the animated talking head, uh, um, talk to match what it’s reading.
The app comes with a few dozen talking heads, animated actors which simulate talking heads of the various and sundry TV news organizations.
Considering the complexity of computer generated animation, Noodle Flix is simple to use.
Select the talking head from the scrolling list. Then select the size (using the slider bar), and screen position.
Click the Script button to add the text you want the talking head to speak.
Select a background stage, or use your own images or photos and drop them into the Stage area.
When Noodle Flix is ready, click the movie button and a QuickTime movie opens with the animated talking head reading your text.
Drop the movie into movie projects, upload to web sites, or YouTube, and you’re in control of your very own talking head.
Noodle Flix gives you a few more controls to adjust the speech to be more life like. There may not be much practicality involved, but Noodle Flix might just portend a little of what Siri is like in future Macs and iPhones.