System automatically converts 2-D video to 3-D
04 November 2015
Exploiting video game software yields broadcast-quality 3-D video of soccer games in real time.

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Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT

By exploiting the graphics-rendering software that powers sports video games, researchers at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have developed a system that automatically converts 2-D video of soccer games into 3-D. The converted video can be played back over any 3-D device — a commercial 3-D TV, Google’s new Cardboard system, which turns smartphones into 3-D displays, or special-purpose displays such as Oculus Rift.

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