The new Interactive Dynamic Video feature or IDV will let you interact with your favorite video content, making cat videos even more appealing than before.
A group of scientists from MIT devised a video simulation by studying the microscopic vibrations that objects tend to emit. This “loophole” allowed researchers to allow viewers the possibility of interacting with the said object presented in the video.
“This technique lets us capture the physical behavior of objects, which gives us a way to play with them in virtual space. By making videos interactive, we can predict how objects will respond to unknown forces and explore new ways to engage with videos.”
According to a Computer Science professor at Stanford University, Doug James, the modern computer graphics that allow the construction of interactive simulations with the aid of 3D models are complicated.
Abe Davis, Ph.D. student and researcher at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory, together with his team managed to create a simpler method to achieve virtual interaction.
Current IDV technology allows users to interact with objects and characters in a video by means of a computer mouse. However, motion tracking systems and virtual reality tools could pave the way to a simpler, more efficient way of virtual interaction. In other words, researchers are hoping to that in the near future; users will be able to reach out and touch objects represented in a video.
According to the researchers, the potential use of such a technology is far greater than the possibility of petting Grumpy Cat. By using advanced IDV methods, filmmakers could spend considerably less time working on a CGI character.
Moreover, the technology could enhance games based on augmented reality, like the highly popular Pokémon Go. Imagine trying to catch Meow Two, and the legendary pokémon is interacting with its surrounding in a very real-life manner.
Another great use of the IDV technology is risk assessment. Engineers and architects could create virtual replicas of their structures and test them in different environments and scenarios, determining just how much force can be inflicted upon a construction before it collapses.
Davis declared that the IDV technology is valuable in all kinds of fields, having applications in engineering, cinematography, entertainment, and other domains.
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