MIT's Interactive Dynamic Video lets people manipulate pre-recorded objects

Posted at 9:48 AM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 09:48:41-04

Researchers have figured out a way to create special interactive video, allowing people to push, pull and prod objects that are already pre-recorded.

It’s called Interactive Dynamic Video and it was developed by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Researchers on the project say on the school's website that the technique works using regular cameras and computer algorithms.

The MIT team says they first look for the really tiny vibrations from the object after it’s captured in a regular video.

These "vibration modes" are then carefully analyzed, giving a sense of the way the object would move in certain scenarios.

From that, the Interactive Dynamic Video is born. It has a simulation of the object that allows us to manipulate its movements, according to researchers.

MIT says IDV has many applications including giving a boost to the experience of augmented reality. 

It’s pretty incredible to watch. Check out the neat videos from MIT below: