If you’re not always crazy about how your hair looks in photos, Lvdi Wang has your back. The associate researcher in the Internet Graphics Group at Microsoft Research Asia has helped create a new 3-D modeling technique that lets you digitally “fix” your hairdo.

Here’s how it works. Take a photo where your hair is less than perfect, and draw a few “strands” around problem areas. Using those strands, the technology will fill out those strands into realistic-looking hair – that never sticks up where you don’t want it to.

Wang and his colleagues will be demonstrating their research this week at SIGGRAPH 2013 in a paper titled “Dynamic Hair Manipulation in Images and Videos,” co-authored by Zhejiang University’s Menglei Chai, Yanlin Weng, Xiaogang Jin, and Kun Zhou, along with Wang.

While I’m using this cutting-edge new technology to give myself a Devo-esque pompadour, you can learn more in this post by Rob Knies on Inside Microsoft Research.

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Steve Wiens
Microsoft News Center Staff