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Patent: Disney to Clone Human Faces for Realistic Audio Animatronics

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by GizmoDuck, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. GizmoDuck

    GizmoDuck Member

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    Sounds very exciting. Your thoughts?
     
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    njDizFan Well-Known Member

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    The singularity is near
     
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  3. GizmoDuck

    GizmoDuck Member Original Poster

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    Now that I think more about it, I hope the animatronics don't lose their charm that the animators give to them.

    It was nice seeing these cartoons come to life. Too realistic may just be creepy.

    I wonder if this will be used heavily for AVATAR?
     
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    Will a human face make Yeti work? Wait a minute. Do they have to clone a yeti now?
     
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    the.dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know that Disney was working on a Polar Express ride.:rolleyes:
     
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    Some of the more advanced robotics with extreme realism are creepy. In the ones I've seen, it's the eyes that are so "inhuman". It's kind of unnerving, but if anyone can overcome that issue, it should be WDI.
     
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    yeti Well-Known Member

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    Say what you will. I think it sounds great!

    Personally, I've always longed for this kind of technology to arrive. In creating human AA's, the goal should always be to look as authentic and realistic as possible. Although I do get what you're saying...it would be shocking, but I'm fairly certain the unveiling of talking tiki birds back in the early '60s caused a similar impact. I say bring it.
     
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    That won't be a problem. Joe Rohde has one frozen in a case beneath the Tree of Life.
     
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    Well then, I guess the Hall of Presidents is getting yet another massive refurbishment.
     
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    One is coming in January anyways...

    ;)
     
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    jakeman Captain Jack, Giant Squid Premium Member

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    That would be called the "uncanny valley". Acceptance of a robot as human increase until a certain point in realism, then drops exponentially.

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    Animitronics can be creepy anyways. I think this could be cool. It's also nice to know they're still investing in AA's tech (that they still have a future and to be better) and not investing in screens :)
     
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    Only if Mitt Romney wins, though.
     
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    Ah yes, the "Uncanny Valley" effect... when it gets so close to lifelike that the imperfections stand out. Freaky.
     
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    Tim_4 Well-Known Member

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    I once read that, based on this curve, some people were freaked out by the critters in "Avatar".
    We'll see what happens.
     
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    *coughs*Mars Needs Moms*coughs*
     
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    Careful now! LOL:eek:
     
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    Perhaps the effect is similar to that of virtual reality simulators (in theory) will be a hard sell because if you know something isn't real, but is presented to you as real, the mind has a hard time reconciling that fact. Things become "odd" and therefore "creepy". We look for similar traits in others (humans) and will spot anything that's a bit "off". I'm thinking Jude Law in the movie A.I. as a "Mecha".

    It'll be interesting to see how far they can take this technology. Worst case scenario, "West World".
     
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    I think it's cool. I could see over time once this gets implemented that older rides with animatronics get refurbished with all new ones. I say go for it.
     
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    this sounds very cool, but has the potential to creep people out... O_O
     

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