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 …

Physics Tricks to Make Steph Curry’s Golf Show More Extreme

I couldn't help myself: I had to check out the new ABC show Holey Moley, an extreme mini-golf show that has Steph Curry as its resident golf pro and one of its executive producers. It's somewhere in between MXC (the Japanese show Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) and PGA golf. The holes are more crazy than a normal putt-putt golf course. On top of that, the mini-golfers sometimes have to get over obstacles to get to their ball. The first episode was fun, but can they keep this up? OK, in the spirit of helping others—I'm going to give some ideas for some new mini golf holes. Here we go. Steph Curry, I hope you are reading this. Coriolis Force Actually, …

China’s Scientists Are the New Kids on the Arctic Block

For nearly a century, the Arctic has been a scientific playground for American, Canadian, and European researchers studying everything from magnetic fields to krill populations, as well as documenting rising temperatures and a changing climate. But with China increasingly expressing an interest in all things Arctic, a geopolitical storm is brewing. Traditional boundaries between science, commerce, and the military are melting as fast as the region’s sea ice. On Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo scolded China for using civilian polar research to further its military and commercial goals, including opening up a new “Polar Silk Road” for trade and shipping. “China’s words and actions raise doubts about its intentions,” Pompeo said in Rovaniemi, Finland, where the eight members …