Over the past few years, one of the biggest trends in the streaming world has been the emergence and explosion in popularity of VTubers, streamers on both Twitch and YouTube using a virtual avatar in place of a typical face cam. Many VTubers like Ironmouse have become some of the most successful creators on their platforms, with Ironmouse becoming the most subscribed female streamer on Twitch earlier this year and agencies like Hololive becoming household names in the streaming world. Among these talents, one of the most widely-recognized creators is CodeMiko.
CodeMiko saw massive popularity in 2021 in the wake of the VTuber boom, with the streamer quickly becoming one of the most popular talents on Twitch. Her success on the streaming platform has since seen the creator expand her content beyond Twitch and YouTube, signing on for the return of the popular gaming television network G4 last year and seeing praise from several news outlets for her innovative content. Now, a clip from one of CodeMiko’s recent streams has shown off some of the impressive hardware the streamer uses to bring her character to life.
The clip taken from a recent stream shows off some of the augmented reality tech CodeMiko uses when streaming, demonstrating an AR camera working through a device attached to a glove. The impressive AR glove allows Miko to freely move her camera around as if manipulating an actual camera, with the software capturing her full range of motion and facial movements. The streamer also demonstrates several uses for the free camera, with some uses shown as taking in-character photos for Instagram and showing off the virtual space created for the character.
CodeMiko’s impressive stream set-up falls on the higher end of a VTuber industry that has increasingly become easier for newcomers to throw themselves into. The VTuber boom in 2020 and the subsequent rise in popularity of talents like Hololive’s Gawr Gura and Ironmouse has seen many developers creating software for users to easily create VTuber models for their own characters. The massive trend has even seen high-profile streamers like Pokimane and LilyPichu try out VTubing following its massive success.
CodeMiko’s success as a VTuber comes as just one part of a streaming industry that has seen a massive rise in the virtual avatars over recent years, with many VTubers amassing hundreds of thousands of subscribers. The trend has even seen major companies like Disney and Sega attempt to turn their iconic mascots into VTubers, with characters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails debuting in these roles. CodeMiko’s impressive set-up serves as the pinnacle of a rapidly growing industry that will continue to evolve as VTubers become more synonymous with Twitch and the streaming world as a whole.