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Realistic Avatars for the Virtual Zoo

On the basis of a few photos alone, a new technique creates realistic avatars of animals that look and move like real animals

Filmmakers and developers of computer games will have a new way of animating animals in the future. A team led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, has developed a technique that uses photographs alone to create lifelike 3D models of almost all quadrupeds. These avatars can be animated to realistically imitate the movements of animals. But the simple method of bringing animals to life on the computer is not only interesting for the entertainment industry. Many people have lost a beloved family pet. Now this technology can bring them back to “life” as a virtual 3D avatar. It could also benefit biologists in species protection and help to make children in particular aware of the importance of biodiversity.


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Michael Black
Director
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Silvia Zuffi
Research Scientist, MATI-CNR, Institute for Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies, Milan Italy
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