December 16, 2012 AT 2:00 am

Live2D – Interactive 3D animation of 2D images

Interesting work going in to how to prep the elements of the layers of a 2D drawings so that a viewer can interact with it in realtime in simple 3D — meeting eyes, noticing something the viewer has indicated. This problem is counter-intuitively complex, but this team makes it look pretty easy. Via DigInfo.tv:

Live2D, developed by Cybernoids, is the world’s first drawing technology to enable 3D rendering of 2D images. This technology supports a variety of portable consoles and smartphones, and Live2D is already being utilized for games that take advantage of the unique characteristics of hand drawn artwork.

“In 3D, the unique attractions of 2D art like Osamu Tezuka’s can’t be rendered properly. But with Live2D, we’ve worked to enable smooth 3D motion using entirely the original 2D drawings. So, this system makes the graphics appear exactly as the creator intended.”

“When the face turns sideways, you can show perfectly how the eyelashes and eyes move. You can also use the tools to work more easily and efficiently. This can be done in all kinds of ways, with all kinds of emphasis, depending on what the creator wants to do. This technology is an extension of drawing, so it works best if the creator has a good artistic sense.”

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