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Thursday, November 05, 2020

Disney Research's Lifelike Robotic Gaze

Will Disney push forward Lifelike Robotics and Vision.  A very uncanny valley?

Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike

IEEE Spectrum Evan Ackerman

 A team of researchers from Disney Research, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Walt Disney Imagineering is imbuing animatronic robots with lifelike eye gaze. The system they are using decides where to gaze by first identifying a person to target using an RGB-D camera; if multiple people are visible, the system calculates a curiosity score for each, based on the amount of motion, and chooses the highest-scoring target. The robot will then display high-level gaze behavior (reading, glancing, engaging, or acknowledging) determined by score. An underlying subsumption architecture dictates lower-level motion behaviors like breathing, small head movements, eye blinking, and saccades. ... '

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