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Monday, August 23, 2021

Sentient Disney Robots

Sounds interesting. Have been on engineering tours of Disney Imagineering over the years, when similar things were claimed.  Never was there, then, but you could see what they wanted to do.  Looking forward to see what the possibilities are now.

Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

The New York Times, Brooks Barnes, August 19, 2021

Researchers at The Walt Disney Company's Imagineering division are working on a new generation of robots, advancing beyond the mechanical figures that have been on display in Disney theme parks since the 1960s in an effort to stay relevant. As part of Project Kiwi, the researchers are developing a small-scale, free-roaming robot featuring cameras and sensors that allow it to make on-the-fly decisions about what to do and say. Meanwhile, for Project Exo, the researchers are developing a full-body exoskeleton that could be applied to oversize characters like The Hulk. Disney's Asya Cara Peña said it "needs to look natural and believable. And it has to be something that different performers of different body types with different gaits can slip into with identical results." ... '

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