This Light Projection Technology Brings Static Photos to Life with Realistic Movements

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Light projectors have been used in recent years for crazy 3D projections on buildings and other large surfaces. A Japanese company is using a similar concept to bring static 2D photos to life.

Fareastgizmos reports that NTT Japan has developed a new light projection technique called HenGenTou, which roughly translates to “deformation lamps.”

By carefully creating a grayscale motion pattern and projecting that pattern onto photographs (and other static objects), the technology can create the illusion of movement.

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Here’s a demo showing some interesting examples and applications:

As you can see, the projector can give the illusion of water and wind, of faces blinking and smiling, and other various effects. The company says the tech could be used to turn photographs into never before seen visual experiences.

A photo and the moving grayscale projection that was used to bring it to life.

A photo and the moving grayscale projection that was used to bring it to life.

No word yet on whether this will be offered as a commercially available product anytime soon.

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