Thursday, July 05, 2007

Harry Potter's Magical Portraits

Of all the magical things I read about in the Harry Potter series, the one which impressed me the most is the magical portrait. The characters in the portrait could interact with living observers, speak, perform magic, open doors, visit characters in other portrait. They could capture life in the true sense.

Off course we are a few centuries away from developing a technology like that but for the moment converting our still and boring 2D pictures into 3D sounds interesting enough. These guys create 3D models out of 2D pictures by inducing the perception of depth by bending the 2D images at specified angles so that the vertical and horizontal surfaces can be differentiated.

Be sure to sign up for the beta release.

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