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Thursday, August 03, 2006 

Artwork morphs to match viewer's mood

Artwork that undergoes metamorphosis to suit its audience's mood has been developed by a team of computer scientists.

A video artwork display, dubbed an "empathic painting", was created by Maria Shugrina and Margrit Betke from Boston University, US, and John Collomosse from Bath University, UK. It can display any kind of image, which will rapidly morph in response to the expressions worn by the person looking on.

For example, if the viewer looks angry it will apply a red hue and blurring. If, on the other hand, they have a cheerful expression, it will introduce increase the brightness and colour of the image.

A video of the empathic painting shows it responding to different expressions (3.4MG .avi). >> more