Disney Perfects ‘Face Cloning’ For Hyper-Realistic Robots

Zurich, Switzerland-based Disney Research has unveiled its new method of creating eerily perfect copies of human faces for use on robots, pointing the way toward a world in which everyone has an android identical twin. The robot countenances are made of silicone, capable of portraying the full range of emotions, and most disturbingly, will be used for animatronic characters at theme parks:

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.

We use physics-based simulation to predict the behavior of a face when it is driven by the underlying robotic actuation. Next, we capture 3D facial expressions for a given target subject. We demonstrate this computational skin design by physically cloning a real human face onto an animatronics figure.

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  • Pico

    Can I stick my turn in it?

  • Pico

    Can I stick my turn in it?

  • WookieDubstep

    Today Disney, tomorrow terminators.

  • MadHierophant

    If the first one isn’t made to look like Brent Spiner, then I don’t see what the point of this is.

  • MadHierophant

    If the first one isn’t made to look like Brent Spiner, then I don’t see what the point of this is.

  • Simiantongue

    Not complaining but wasn’t this posted here about a month ago? I remember commenting on it.

  • Simiantongue

    Not complaining but wasn’t this posted here about a month ago? I remember commenting on it.

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