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Disney Clones Human Faces To Make More Realistic Robots

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To make its Disney theme parks’ animatronic characters more realistic, Zurich, Switzerland-based Disney Research department has developed a way to clone faces.

The process, called ‘Physical Face Cloning’, first requires a 3D scan of a real human head/subject in various facial expressions—to gather data on the how the real person moves, and his/her skin’s elasticity and thickness.

The result is a realistic-looking robotic head composed of a 3D-printed mold of the face layered with silicon to resemble synthetic skin.

The robot head would accurately mimic human expressions, and even feature details such as wrinkles.

Check out the video to see how its done:


[via Disney Research]
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