. An image of a person, called an avatar, can deliver e-mail with video and audio, rather than text.
You'll be able to choose or create an avatar not only to deliver your facemail, but also to represent you in chat rooms (or "chat worlds").
Beyond sending text e-mail or facemail, VR will allow you to send VR worlds.
It also has a liking for such ugly contemporary slang expressions as facemail
('ordinary person-to-person conversation') and meatbot ('human being') as well as the more sedate housing society, which neither of its rivals lists, although the term has been around for decades.
You can check out a preview of the future with FaceMail
, a program that delivers your e-mail spoken by an avatar at www.lifefx.com.
It has also patented "Facemail," which allows users to send email with a virtual face and voice.
Under Salhany's guidance, LifeFX is betting that "Facemail" has wide-ranging commercial applications.
As she works out at the gym, Amanda checks the time and then clocks in on Alex, whose face shows up, mouthing an earlier "facemail
" she left.