Augmented reality is in the news plenty lately, but some researchers from MIT have put an interesting twist on the popular technology. Using new algorithms and as little as a few seconds of video created by a traditional camera, they've been able to create Interactive Dynamic Video, or IDV. The objects respond in a surprisingly realistic way as they're poked, prodded and manipulated.

IDV records the tiny vibrations of an object in motion during a short video clip, and then uses that information to allow users to interact with the object virtually. The potential applications include things like monitoring the structural integrity of bridges or buildings. The technology could also provide filmmakers with a cheaper, less time-intensive alternative to 3D modeling. Case in point: this little green monster running around a playground.

See the video below to learn more about the research and its applications.