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The minds at Disney Analysis aren’t only interested in tracking your face– they prefer to map, shave and clone it, too. Through a pair of analysis projects, Walt’s proteges have taken care of to develop systems for not only mapping, digitally reconstructing and removing facial hair, but additionally for developing realistic synthetic replicas of human faces for use in animatronics. Let’s start with the beards, shall we? Facial hair is a huge part of an individual’s physical identification, a fast shave can render a close friend unrecognizable– however contemporary face-capture systems aren’t truly optimized for the stuff. Disney researchers tried to address that issue by developing an algorithm that detects facial hair, reconstructs it in 3D and uses the information it gathers to suss out the shape of the skin underneath it. This produces a reconstruction of not only the skin episurface, however also of the topic’s individual hairs, meaning the final product can be viewed with or without a clean shave.
Yet another Disney team is additionally taking a careful look at the human face, however is working on even more tangible reconstructions– especially for use on audio-animatronic robotics. The team behind the Physical Face Cloning project hope to automate part of developing animatronics to accelerate the task of simulating a human face for future Disney robotics. This challenging procedure includes catching a topics experience under an assortment of conditions and using that information to optimize a composition of synthetic skin to finest match the original. Completely bearded animatronic clones are still a means off, of course, but isn’t really it reassuring to know that Disney could one day
change you precisely simulate your visage in Walt Disney Globe for posterity? Dive into the specifics of the analysis at the source links below, or review on for a video presentation summary of the fundamentals.
Filed under: Misc. Gizmos, Robotics, SoftwareDisney researchers can now digitally shave your face, clone it for animatronics (video clip) originally appeared onEngadget on Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink PhysOrg (1), (2)|Disney Research (1), (2)|E-mail this|Comments
Amazon Publishing and long-running book-maker Avalon now has more in common than rhyme schemes. The pair have struck up a deal to publish over 3,00 titles from the publisher’s back-catalogue, broaching its romance, mystery and western genres. It’ll be the first time that these books will be digitized and, well, Oprah’s always looking for stuff to read.
It’s hardly the first 3D scanner (and it certainly won’t be the last) but this giant sphere builds stunning 3D models of nearly anything you care to place inside, and it does so completely automatically. The Orcam Orbital Camera System has seven cameras and loads of lightulbs inside to illuminate and capture objects from many angles at a time, and its creators at Germany’s Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) claim the resulting 3D geometry is accurate down to the submillimeter. Really, though, the results speak for themselves. Just take a look at the texture and reflections cast by a gorgeous digitally reproduced urn in the video below. If only we had as accurate a 3D printer to go with it, so our Star Trek replication…
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Occasionally, in this line of work, I need to have a slight freak-out moment where I rave about the fact that things like this OrcaM “reconstruction sphere” actually exist. Not only does this thing look like a prop out of a sci-fi movie (or Transmetropolitan), but it acts like one as well.
Inside that enormous ball are seven high-definition cameras that rotate around the object you put inside, looking at it from every angle and with many kinds of special lighting applied to help determine texture, reflectance, and other factors.
What you get is, within a few minutes, a 3D model accurate to under than a millimeter, in full color and with color and texture included. Perfect for, say, submitting to Shapeways or the like and getting yourself a copy. I can think of many uses for this thing.
It’s not the only 3D scanner in the world of course, just the most sci-fi-looking we’ve seen in a while. And big dedicated rigs like this probably won’t be the future of 3D scanning anyway; the Kinect seems to be filling that role just fine. Either way, it’s cool as hell to watch.
This is the Wacom ‘Inkling’ ($ 200, mid next month), a special receiver and pressure sensitive ink pen that records your actual drawings for digital import and computer manipulation AS EITHER BITMAP OR VECTOR GRAPHIX!!!11 Some people might say it’s magic, and those people would be 150% correct.
While there are other ink-to-digital pens out there, the difference here is Wacom’s pressure technology. Recording 1024 levels of pressure, the Inkling will capture ever nuance in your drawings. This is how it works:
• Take the stylus and receiver out of the neat portable box.
• Clip the receiver on top of any paper notebook and start drawing. Don’t worry about space: the receiver can store thousands of pages, according to Wacom.
• When you are done after a day, connect the receiver to the computer via USB and browse all your drawings, exporting the ones you like to Photoshop or Illustrator or any typical graphic format, from TIFF to JPG.
Not gonna lie, I could see myself drawing a whole lot of penises with one of these. Like easily OVER NINE THOUSAND. Quintuple digits. Enough to fill a swimming pool.
Hit the jump for an official video demonstration.
Wacom has announced a pretty amazing product today, the Inkling. This so-called Digital Sketch Pen allows you to capture whatever you draw or write on a sketchbook or any kind of paper in digital form, “stroke by stroke”. Just insert a sheet of paper or a notebook into the receiver, use the Inkling Digital Pen and transfer your works to your computer to refine them digitally anytime later.
Wacom says that Inkling even lets users create layers in the digital file while sketching on paper, with the push of a button.
Works can be stored as JPEG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF files for use with any kind of application that supports these formats. The Inkling offers direct transfers to Photoshop, Illustrator, and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro/Designer.
Wacom plans to start selling the Inkling worldwide in the next few weeks. In the US, it will be available in “mid-September” for an MSRP of US$ 199.99, according to the company website.
I am not really an expert in this field, but I am pretty sure this thing will fly off the shelves.
Update: I’ve now got the dvds, it’s excellent The wide screen wasn’t too bad and the only downside was the dialogue wasn’t changed. It appears that Funimation Entertainment has decided to rerelease the whole series of DragonBall Z. (The 291 Episodes) It will also have widescreen format, Japanese music and everything will be redubbed. The dvd will be released February the 6th 2007. I personally can’t wait especially with the addition of Japanese music. I couldn’t stand the Funimation crap. Funimation called it the biggest event in DBZ history. Features: The complete Vegeta saga: 39 Episodes on 6 discs 900 Minutes of Action English Voice Track with Original Japanese Music Includes 24 page booklet filled with episode summaries, character descriptions and a DBZ timeline At Dragon Ball Z.com there are details: FUNimation Entertainment announces the definitive Dragon Ball Z collection available February 2007 in TV on DVD season sets Fort Worth, TX — November 13, 2006 — FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR) and the market share leader for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States, is the US company behind the success of anime phenomenon Dragon Ball Z. Today, the company announced that it has digitally remastered in high definition and restored the entire Dragon Ball Z series, all 291 episodes. The Dragon Ball Z Season Sets will be available at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $49.98 at major retailers …