Emotions as Blend Shapes?

So I’ve been looking at VRM as an Avatar standard… One thing they are doing that I think is a good idea is having emotions as blend shapes. To me it means easily accessing the animation through just calling a value of 0 to 1 to cause the level of emotion you want. Facial animations are too complex and it’s already hard enough to come to a consensus at this time for a common format. I have thought up about 21 emotions I can embed not including visomes… Tell me what you think.

  • Amazed
  • Anger
  • Attention
  • Bored
  • Chuckle
  • Cry
  • Determined
  • Disgust
  • Fear
  • Fright
  • Grimace
  • Hurt
  • Laugh
  • Sad
  • Sceptical
  • Smile
  • Smirk
  • Sneer
  • Stress
  • Stunned
  • Threaten

I think this method helps for simple development of scripts and apps to take advantage of them. However, I also think that having access to the raw blendshapes and names in parallel is necessary for fine-tuning / advanced applications.

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What do you mean by raw blend shapes?