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Smithsonian exhibits 3-D portraits of President Obama
Smithsonian exhibits 3-D portraits of President Obama

A series of 3-D portraits of President Barack Obama went on display Tuesday at the Smithsonian in Washington. The portraits, which were created using digital scanning and printing technology, will be on view at the Smithsonian Castle through Dec. 31. Teams from the Smithsonian and the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technology collaborated on the initiative. The USC team used face-scanning technology to scan Obama from ear to ear. A Smithsonian team subsequently used handheld 3-D scanners and traditional single-lens reflex cameras to record peripheral 3-D data in order to create a bust of the president. Following post-production work by graphics...

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