Today’s technology is pretty amazing. We live in an age where it’s no longer status quo if you have a computer or two around the house anymore. Now it’s all about internet connected motion controlled gaming consoles, smartphones that we use as an alarm clock, get our weather and social media updates from, listen to our music collection, are our cameras and…oh, and they make phone calls too!
Anyways, I think you get my point.
It seems that Disney Research Zurich has proposed a revolutionary facial cloning technique that can make the “skin” on an animatronic face look real. They are also using motion capture on the cloned subjects facial movements so they can imitate the way real skin would move around on a person’s face when expressing emotion or speaking.
Just think what that could do for “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” over at Disneyland!
Check out the video on it. Pretty cool stuff!
Ironically, it makes me think back to a year ago when Disney showed off “Destini” the animatronic fortune teller at the D23 Expo 2011. Unfortunately, I was at the Expo but it was one of the things I missed. However, plenty of folks captured video while they were there.
Here’s a video that shows you the behind the scenes stuff that makes Destini work and then shows you the animatronic fortune teller in action.
So, last year we had a fully interactive animatronic with artificial intelligence and this year we have realistic skin and near life-like facial movements. I would expect that the folks at Disney working on these technologies might bring them together at some point in the near future.
With that being said, I give you my my prediction for what’s in store next year…