A system and method are disclosed that may send a video-like message to a receiver even when the receiver is offline. The system includes a user smart device incorporating an application, and a receiver smart device incorporating the similar application. The method captures a single 2D image of the user’s face using a camera incorporated in the communication device. The 2D image of the user’s face is then recreated as a 3D model. The message to be sent to a receiver is recorded as an audio message and sent along with the 3D model. At the receiver end the audio message is played back with facial movements of the user that correspond to the speech signals sent by the user. The method is incorporated as an application in a smart-watch. The method offers video-like messaging experience at a low computational cost and requires low bandwidth.
KEYWORDS: voice messaging, smart-watch, low bandwidth, video-like messaging
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Venkataraman, Vinay and Caplain, Eric, "3D Face Messaging On A Watch", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 25, 2019)