Coloring Books Come To Life In Disney’s Augmented Reality

Kids these days. They’ve got all these amazing options for recreation, from high-tech tablets to the more traditional arts and crafts. And now, Disney wants to combine those two things, letting children’s coloring creations on paper, spring to 3D animated life on the tablet.

In a new research app (not available to the public…yet) Disney scientists announced they’d figured out a way for a kid to color in a picture on paper, and have their creation show up on a tablet, as they’re working. Their research was published in a paper presented at a symposium on augmented reality last month It’s pretty incredible to see:

And it doesn’t have to be crayons or colored pencils. This octopus in their description video appears to be painted, instead of scribbled:

Watch Disney’s description of the process here: