Dive into World Cup action: AI researchers turn soccer videos into 3-D ‘holograms’


News Brief: Computer scientists have trained a neural network to transform the action from pre-recorded videos of soccer games into immersive augmented-reality “holograms” you can shrink down onto a tabletop. The artificial-intelligence system developed by the University of Washington’s Konstantinos Rematas and colleagues analyzed 12,000 player models from FIFA, Electronic Arts’ soccer simulation game. Once the system learned to conceptualize the 3-D motions of soccer players, it could convert YouTube videos into 3-D renderings viewable via Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. Someday it may convert live World Cup matches on the fly. But for now, you’ll just have to check out the paper presented at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, plus today’s report on Inverse.

In addition to Rematas, the authors of “Soccer on Your Tabletop” include Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, Brian Curless and Steve Seitz. 

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