TikTok seems to be working on a new feature that allows users to build their digital identity in the app via a new avatar-creation tool.
According to reports, TikTok is working on a new feature that lets you use your device camera to take a photo and create a matching avatar.
Social media commentator Matt Navarra spotted the new Avatars feature in testing.
⚡️ New TikTok Features Thread
1. TikTok is working on a TikTok Avatars feature
The feature lets you use your phone's camera to take a selfie with a fun facial expression which your avatar will match.
You would be able to fully customise the look of your avatar. pic.twitter.com/DzJ2soRBDi
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) January 24, 2022
The feature would let users select a face template from a range of suggestions, before personalizing the newly-created character with in-app editing options.
Once created, the digital character can be edited in-app to appropriately match the user’s looks and even be animated to express the user’s facial movements and emotions.
The feature resembles Apple’s ‘Memoji in its personalization process and overall use. With Memoji, users can create their digital puppets and enable them to move in accordance with the user’s actions in front of the camera.
If and when the feature rolls out, TikTok users will be able to use their avatars to find an alternative representation to express their movements, actions, and emotions in a way that could potentially be more engaging.
Official details about the feature have not yet been released, so it remains unclear whether these avatars will be transferable for their use in the metaverse – a space gathering traction and where avatar representation is necessary.
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