An Ancient Hindu Belief
According to Hindu sacred texts the god Vishnu once descended to Earth in the form of 10 different beings (including a fish and a boar). These different forms were called Dashavatara. You can see them in the beautiful painting below (click to enlarge) which is from Jaipur, India.
Fast Forward to the 2000s
Most of you have seen James Cameron’s 3D blockbuster – Avatar – which is the story of of a man who visits a planet and interacts with aliens “virtually” through the use of a physical avatar.
And finally, many of you are familiar with the notion of an avatar because you play video games.
Why should you have your own avatar?
1. Your avatar helps people to remember you. After all, your name is not unique but the combination of your name + original avatar is!
2. Your avatar helps you to preserve your anonymity and privacy.
Here are a few of the first avatars designed by students in our class.