Disney Developing ‘Physical Face Cloning’

From CBS Tampa:

Scientists employed by the Walt Disney Company have developed technology that allows them to replicate, with near perfect accuracy, the very versatile human face.

Documents posted on the official Disney Research website details plans for what they refer to as physical face cloning.

“We propose a complete process for designing, simulating and fabricating synthetic skin for an animatronics character that mimics the face of a given subject and its expressions,” the document states.

Scientists and researchers based in a Zürich lab were motivated by the idea of translating the company’s ability to create realistic virtual worlds – seen, for example, in movies released by Disney-owned Pixar – into tangible actuality.

“We are naturally intrigued by the prospect of creating virtual humans in the likeness of ourselves…

[continues at CBS Tampa]


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3 Comments on "Disney Developing ‘Physical Face Cloning’"

  1. “But officer, that’s not me in that video! I have never been there before in my life! Please! Please believe me!” 

  2. Dear neckbearded-tinfoil-hat-wearers:  Don’t worry, they’re not going to waste the $$ to clone you.

  3. Simiantongue | Aug 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm |

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    No major meant she was in command. No point in reporting to herself she was fully aware of the dire situation. “Ma’am” a soldier who appeared younger still inquired, “Why did they build them?”. Without turning her head in the direction of the voice she answered. “They were made to help us Private. To help us build a better world. Why they had to make them to look like us, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to figure that on out. But that’s what gave some of the first ones who turned the edge they needed to survive.” Her head shook slowly as if doing so would negate history. No more time for rumination, the machines final assault on the compound would be coming soon, too soon. The others must be prepared for a hasty retreat and that was her job now. But retreat to where?

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