Recently, SOUL introduced its self-developed engine, NAWA Engine (hereinafter referred to as NAWA), to the public. In terms of scene creation and gameplay design, the engine combines AI, rendering, and image processing to meet the sophisticated metaverse needs of Gen Z.

The official release of NAWA not only shows Soul’s commitment to openness, inclusion, and co-creation of content, but also fuels the development of a metaverse based on underlying technological innovation.

NAWA can be divided into 2/3D categories in terms of functions. Portrait beautification, stickers, lens effects, and stylized filters are examples of 2D features; 3D avatar, along with 3D stickers, AR masks, and scene rendering, are examples of 3D features. With these outstanding functions, NAWA enables millions of users to fully express their creativity in various gameplays and scenes of Soul App.

As a rendering engine developed by the SOUL R&D team, NAWA has been leading the market in areas such as technical R&D and art design, especially in 3D avatar capability. It is believed that NAWA mainly has the following innovations:

To begin with, NAWA is unique in its aesthetic expression and design style. NAWA is built on the high quality aesthetics of SOUL’s senior art design team. Based on the platform’s unique super cute 2D face pinch style, NAWA can produce identifiable avatars that incorporate Chinese style and are suitable for Asians. The avatar generated by NAWA is an artistic expression of cuteness and attractiveness.

Second, NAWA’s expression recognition is strong and powerful. It supports multi-point identification, including mouth shape, tongue and eyes, etc. Based on 56 fundamental expressions, NAWA can create thousands of different expressions. For example, eye and lip identification has over 20 dimensions of expression change. Laughing, smiling, angry, sad… No matter what kind of emotions you are, NAWA can capture your vivid expressions. Accurate recognition of these nuanced emotions will do a better job of conveying users’ emotional change into the social process, enhancing mutual communication and connection.

Third, NAWA’s rendering performance has been significantly increased while the overall frame rate has been optimized. NAWA improves the rendering of textures and illumination by optimizing the associated algorithms. On mainstream brand mobile phones, NAWA can perform faster and higher quality rendering effects. Users can clearly perceive that the avatar generation process becomes faster while the avatar becomes more beautiful.

Finally, the combinations of materials and constructions are varied. The SOUL team recreated the virtual prototype to equip the avatar with multi-dimensional facial pinch coefficients and realistic emotions. They increased the face pinch coefficient to 74 and made it possible to drive and integrate different shapes, face materials and accessories. As a result, users have more options when pinching their face. They can use their unlimited imagination and ingenuity to design their own unique virtual avatars.

Designing user avatars is one of the main features of SOUL. Both domestic and foreign tech giants regard the avatar as one of the major elements of the metaverse concept. How to continuously strengthen the construction of this element from the underlying technological innovation, and create a better user experience at a lower cost, is undoubtedly the direction and consensus of the development of the industry. SOUL is no exception and finds a solution by launching NAWA.

Currently, NAWA is widely used in Soul’s square camera, video matching and other functional applications. The cloud bungee game is a good example. It is one of the most popular group video chat service on Soul app. Users organize video chat groups themselves, some serve as DJs to generate dynamic music, while others dance freely to the beat. Each user has their own 3D avatar, both playful and technical.

SOUL is expected to develop a 3D avatar face pinch function based on NAWA, in addition to the existing 2D face pinch function. At the same time, SOUL will open up the user co-creation mechanism to allow 2D virtual avatar face pinch artists to use 3D virtual avatars in 3D. Users can continue to apply their brilliant creativity while SOUL can receive the business rewards and warm ecology in the Avatar storyline.

NAWA helps SOUL better meet user needs. By self-developing this engine, SOUL has also established its distinct style and competitiveness. With its distinctive design aesthetics and powerful technological capabilities, SOUL will continue to explore more scenarios and develop more functions in the future, leading the development trend of the metaverse.

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