Perfect clones, to the last computer-generated wrinkle

2019-03-01 01:16:00

By Celeste Biever The actress sits in a dome-shaped metal cage, surrounded by lights and cameras. She closes her eyes and the lights start flashing. In less than a minute the cameras have captured enough data to create a 3D digital double that can be aged, given a sun tan or realistically illuminated to fit into almost any situation. It’s a glimpse of a future where real and virtual will become indistinguishable. Already a team led by Hanspeter Pfister at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Markus Gross at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland,