- Before using Miurror, people concern what if they have a flat face when texting? After they used it, we found out even a flat expression means more than just text.
- People deliberately express facial expressions when they reply to DM to delight friends.
- Facial emotions are way more immersive in building relationships with new friends.
- Most humans are comfortable doing face expressions as long as they won’t see their true faces.
I have been exploring this idea since I started playing Fortnite in 2018. In Fortnite, we constantly use all kinds of skins and emotes to socialize with friends. But, I found out my Fortnite friends are still dying to know the facial reactions behind the avatar of others when expressed via avatars in-game. So, I started to think if there is a product to bring those avatar-based social experiences into a broader daily use case on the smartphone.
Without real emotions input, you are less likely to build a trustable virtual identity in the long term. We all know most of the emojis we got weren't the real emotion. Many social apps already have a successful avatar platform, but the users see it as another kind of animated sticker, or emoji, not an identity. Instead, we focus on creating a sense of an emotional tie between the human and the avatar.