Olympic diver Tom Daley sends ‘visual tweets’ to fans with Falmouth technology
HIGH-DIVING Olympian Tom Daley is sending ‘visual tweets’ to his fans via a virtual version of himself thanks to new technology developed by a Falmouth-based company.
The Headcast system allows the sports celebrity to send messages to his followers via an animated version of himself, which includes voice and trademark gestures.
The Virtually Tom Daley app updates fans on his busy training schedule and media lifestyle.
“My virtual Tom looks just like me but a hilarious caricature version,” he said. “It’s easy to use and pretty much instant, so I’ll be Headcasting regularly from today.”
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“I’m really looking forward to keeping everyone up to date with what I’m doing via a virtual me.”
Stephen Fry became the first high-profile personality to trial the service in May.
Chris Chapman, chief executive officer of Falmouth-based HeadcastLab, said: “We’re delighted that Tom has started Headcasting.
“He’s incredibly social media-savvy and wants to engage directly with his fans and followers.”
To use the app, Mr Daley speaks into his phone or tablet in ‘self-animator’ mode to record the audio.
The in-built technology automatically animates the character and synchronises his lip movements.
Extra animations, such as trademark gestures, shrugs and topical images within the background can be included at the touch of a button.
Followers receive the Headcast within a minute and can interact through the use of polls to gauge fan opinion.