Microsoft Research will soon unveil their newest drawing tool which helps ease the labor demands of producing animation

Microsoft Research with help from the University of Hong Kong and the University of Tokyo have created an autocomplete for hand drawn animations on a computer. The tool follows designers as they work and gives suggestions on how to complete the drawing according to basic principles of illustration and design.

The technology will be unveiled at the SIGGRAPH Asia conference this year between November 2 and 5. A teaser posted by user Jun Xing on YouTube demonstrates how the program reacts to an animation of a fish swimming. The animator first starts the basic design of the fish, starting at the middle and creating a pair of whiskers, flowing fins and a tail. The program comes to life when moving to the next transitional drawing.

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