Real objects can now be copied and pasted into the digital world using a smartphone

Augmented reality can be a handy tool for quickly copying visual objects from the real world and pasting them into digital documents. This eliminates the hassle of emailing images or clipping objects in Photoshop. You just need to point your phone at what you want to copy and drag it to the screen of the device, where the file you want is open. The mechanism of action is demonstrated by a video from the developer Cyril Diagne.

At the moment, this is only an experimental prototype. However, several companies have already started working on similar software. It can be expected that the tool will be available in the near future.

Of course, the development will be a good addition to other applications that allow, for example, to try on clothes without putting them on. The classic AR paradigm is neatly flipped here: instead of projecting digital images into the physical world, it transfers physical objects into the digital one.

As Diagne explains on Twitter, in his demo of AR Cut & Paste, one component of the program separates the foreground object from the background using machine learning technologies, and the other determines when and where your phone points when you hover over a computer screen. It takes about 2.5 seconds to copy an object and 4 seconds to paste, according to Diagne, but the time can easily be accelerated. Cyril has already posted its code on GitHub for anyone who wants to help improve the new program.