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'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

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When Photo Wake-Up is combined with augmented reality, it can look as if an abstract-art figure is running out of a Picasso painting.

University of Washington and Facebook researchers have developed a software application that can bring still images to life.

Credit: University of Washington

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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