As we approach a future resembling a sci-fi movie, robots are becoming a powerful tool for businesses and consumers for various tasks. So now, to make future humanoid robots more realistic than ever, Disney has developed a system to give robots human-like characteristics.
According to a recent official blog post, Disney research partners have been working on a unique method for robots to make them more realistic. This system essentially turns a robot from looking like an AI-powered machine into a more human-like entity.
The functions that are included in the system help a humanoid robot to develop much more realistic head and eye movements. And to test this new system, the research team created a rather hideous robot with a skinless shell, a set of realistic teeth, and a fixed pair of eyes.
They even made an official video to demonstrate the technology. You can see it below.
How does it work?
Now, as you can see within the video, the feature set from Disney’s new robotic system provides the creepy-looking robot to be more human-like than an animatronic machine. He blinks his eyes more naturally than ever and also mimics the movements of a human’s head during a conversation.
The team was able to accomplish this feat using a chest-mounted image detection camera module. Therefore, the system uses this camera to track the movements of a human that is interacting with it and adjusts its movements to make them more natural.
The main objective of the company now is to integrate this new system into various elements of its theme parks. This, according to the team, will provide a much more realistic experience for visitors when interacting with the automated systems dotted around their recreational parks.
Furthermore, the team behind the project believe that in addition to integrating the system into their creepy skinless robot, the researchers and the robotics company can use this system to make future humanoid robots more realistic than ever.
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