These Infinity Cube Lamps are Incredible (15 Photos)

Named after 19th-century physicist and optics pioneer Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Sean Augustine March’s Fresnel Lamps are a sight to behold. Made from dichroic glass, LEDs pass through metal particles embedded in the glass of the lamp’s double-box construction. The lamps come in two sizes, Major (10″ cube) and Minor (5″ cube), and are available for purchase through March’s website. If the explanation above didn’t make sense, perhaps a gallery and some video would help do these functional sculptures justice. For more, be sure to check out Sean’s work on Instagram. [via reddit] Artwork by Sean Augustine March Artwork by Sean Augustine March Artwork by Sean Augustine March Artwork by Sean Augustine March Artwork by Sean Augustine March Artwork by Sean Augustine …

This Crazy Tech Can Turn Anybody in a Photo Into a Moving Animation

Photo Wake-Up is a research project by Chung-Yi Weng, Brian Curless, and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman of the University of Washington. Per their paper’s abstract: We present a method and application for animating a human subject from a single photo. E.g., the character can walk out, run, sit, or jump in 3D. The key contributions of this paper are: 1) an application of viewing and animating humans in single photos in 3D, 2) a novel 2D warping method to deform a posable template body model to fit the person’s complex silhouette to create an animatable mesh, and 3) a method for handling partial self occlusions. We compare to state-of-the-art related methods and evaluate results with human studies. Further, we present an interactive …