I just came back from a Metaverse1 workshop in Spain. Many people have asked me how I made my Avatar to look so similar to me... well it was simply. I used Cyber Extruder. The following video describe the entire process in Second Life lingo. The technical side of it is fascinating: Using a reagular flast 3D passport picture (with good light) to make a 3D representation based on similar model. See also the www.cyberextruder.com.
Last year the company has received a patent.
CyberExtruder.com, Inc., a software company specializing in the field of computer vision, has been granted patents from both the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The patents, entitled "Apparatus and Method for generating a three-dimensional representation from a two-dimensional image," protect the company's process for automatically creating a 3D model of a person's head from just a single 2D image.