Disney Releases Video of a Humanoid Robot That May Creep Some People Out


Disney Research has been working on a humanoid animatronic robot that has a realistic and interactive gaze that tracks people In front of it. Disney’s animatronics have become more and more lifelike since first introduced in 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York. Animatronic robots have been a fixture in Disney theme park rides including Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and more.

The new technology being tested in this research video shows just how advanced the technology has become.

From the video description:

This video describes the development of a system for lifelike gaze in human-robot interactions using a humanoid animatronic bust. We present a general architecture that seeks not only to create gaze interactions from a technological standpoint, but also through the lens of character animation where the fidelity and believability of motion is paramount; that is, we seek to create an interaction which demonstrates the illusion of life.

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