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AR and VR creators have an unheralded tool to make their content shine: 3D reconstruction tech

February 26, 2019 / AMIR BOZORGZADEH

Last month, a team of researchers from the University of Washington debuted an experimental technique that cuts characters straight out of a static 2D image and transforms them into 3D animations that literally step out into the real world with the help of AR as the medium. The Photo Wake-Up method can be applied to photos, posters, or even graffiti art, infusing life into the embedded Pinocchios so that they can freely walk, run, and jump out into reality.“We believe the method not only enables new ways for people to enjoy and interact with photos, but also suggests a pathway to reconstructing a virtual avatar from a single image while providing insight into the state of the art of human modelling from a single photo.” the team told the MIT Technology Review in an interview in December. The idea of reconstructing a 3D model based on a 2D image is actually not that new. In fact, Andrew Ng’s Stanford 3D Reconstruction Group was toiling on it over a decade ago. There ha...