This NVIDIA tech demo, shown at GDC 2010, simulates 18,000 individual strands of human hair simultaneously, “completely interactive with light, wind, and, apparently, conditioning – just look at that bounce and shine!” Video after the break.

Given that the average human head of hair has 100,000 strands, NVIDIA hasn’t hit Caprica levels of in-game realism yet – but for today’s technology, we figure we can settle for this remarkable leap forward.

[via Crunchgear]