I like those little glimpses at future technologies as it provides me with a better understanding of what may become available in the next decade or so.
The one that I'm writing about today is amazing. It has been taken right out of a Japanese news show, which adds to its legitimacy.
The video shows how character appearances can be changed in real-time on live television.Character is probably not the right word because what I really mean is that an image can be processed in real-time to make it look different. Image in this case can mean a moderator or actor, and that certain features or characteristics get modified in real-time.
The reporters hair was changed in real time for instance which would make this a wonderful application for any barber but also for others who change the appearance of people. This includes makeup, clothing and even plastic surgery I suppose.
This can be quite useful to demonstrate how a new look would look like on you before anything is done. Applications do not stop here, you could try out new clothes without wearing them, or check how you would look like after plastic surgery.
This interactive element can also be interesting for entertainment purposes, video games for example. You could create an avatar that looks like you for example, or use the technology to make on the fly modifications to your in-game avatar.
Take a look at the video, this is really incredible.
I do not think I have seen the technology yet in this form used in any TV show so far. While there have been some interactive elements added to the screen in some, none looked nearly as professional as the demonstration on the video above.
If anyone knows more about the technology let me know in the comments please.
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