Researchers at University of Southern California are creating a free software program that allows users to create a personal avatar of themselves that looks and acts like they do. So far, the technology used to create such avatars is cost-prohibitive, but these researchers are trying to change that by simplifying the technology and making it more inexpensive. These kinds of avatars could have a far-reaching impact on the way people use avatars in gaming, police and military training, and even when visiting virtual doctors. Read more at