Researchers Showcase Pixel-to-Vector Conversion Tool

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 25th, 2011

If you’ve revisited an old video game only to experience Pixel-Shock you’ll be excited to hear about a new process for rendering old 8-bit games in smooth vectored frames.

Researchers at The Hebrew University have created a new algorithm that scales pixel art into vectored images. The results are stunning although the process is quite intensive.

There are two potential gaming-related outcomes for the new algorithm: it may end up improved to the point where it can render games on the fly so game emulators can turn an old NES or PC game into a beautiful and well rendered vector game or gaming companies themselves may license it to create smooth-looking games for next generation consoles.

Hit up the link below to see more examples in their whitepaper on the subject.

Depixelizing Pixel Art (PDF) [via Extreme Tech]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/25/11
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