Disney Research lets kids 3D texture-paint in real time

Whaaaaat is going on here? This augmented reality coloring book pulls some pretty neat tricks:

The team writes,

We present a texturing process that applies the captured texture from a 2-D colored drawing to both the visible and occluded regions of a 3-D character in real time… We present a content creation pipeline to efficiently create the 2-D and 3-D content.

Previously, from 2013: “The coloring book of the future.” And see also Crayola’s Color Alive.

Cool as this stuff is, I’m skeptical: for our family coloring time is an alternative to (and respite from) screen time, not an adjunct to it.


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