*First broadcast on January 20, 2022. VTubers create online content using a computer-generated avatar. Motion capture technology enables them to record their gestures and expressions, and then apply those movements to the animated avatar. The concept emerged in the mid 2010s, and then experienced a rapid increase in popularity. Our guest, Professor Inami Masahiko, explains the appeal of interacting online using an avatar, and talks about the technology's potential. We also see how VTubing is being used to promote regional revitalization.
Japan's prefectural governments have started using computer-generated characters to promote regional revitalization, tourism and more
VTubers offer information and entertainment in the form of original CG characters
Peter Barakan meets Professor Inami Masahiko, an expert in virtual reality