Researchers at the University of Washington and Facebook have developed Photo Wake-Up, a software application that can bring still images to life.
The major challenge is that the still image only depicts a single camera position, so some of the subject is not visible.
The researchers solved this problem by identifying the body components of a figure in an image, matching those components to a virtual three-dimensional template, and creating a full-body model of the subject. The software then drapes colors and textures over the model, and projects it into the two-dimensional image.
Said the University of Washington’s Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, “Our work combines technical advancement on an open problem in the field with artistic creative visualization.”
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