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Disney Research Creates Face-Swapping Technique For High-Res Video

shirappu writes: A new paper by Disney Research shows off a newly developed neural network that can swap faces in photos and videos at high-resolution. The idea behind this technology is to replace an actor's performance with a different actor's face, or for roles that require de-aging or increasing age, or for portraying actors who have passed away. Current face-swapping technology (also known as deepfakes) often creates an "uncanny valley" effect, where something about the image or video feels...
Tags: Tech, Disney Research


Disney's Developed Movie-Quality Face-Swapping Technology That Promises to Change Filmmaking

In a few short years, neural-network-powered automated face swaps have gone from being mildly convincing to eerily believable. But through new research from Disney, neural face-swapping is poised to become a legitimate and high-quality tool for visual effects studios working on Hollywood blockbusters.Read more...
Tags: Hollywood, Science, Disney, Research, Visual Effects, Disney Research, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Eth Zurich, Deepfakes


Disney Research neural face swapping technique can provide photorealistic, high resolution video

A new paper published by Disney Research in partnership with ETH Zurich describes a fully automated, neural network-based method for swapping faces in photos and videos – the first such method that results in high-resolution, megapixel resolution final results according to the researchers. That could make it suited for use in film and TV, where high resolution results are key to ensuring that the final product is good enough to reliably convince viewers as to their reality. The researchers speci...
Tags: Tech, Disney Research, Eth Zurich


A Robotic Swinging Spider-Man Is Coming to Disneyland This Summer

After first revealing what many speculated to be robotic stunt doubles several years ago, today the official Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Disney Research’s swinging, posing, self-contained animatronic trapeze artists will be used to create a real-life version of Spider-Man swinging over the upcoming Avengers CampusRead more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Robots, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Disney Research, Marvel Studios, Spider Man, Animatronics, Disney Parks Blog, Disney California Adventure, Avengers Campus


Disney’s R&D team imagines a theme park filled with augmented reality costumes

Disney Research is working on new technology that would cover a person with a virtual costume using 3D imagery. (Courtesy of Disney)   Imagine if you could bring every Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars costume in the world to Disneyland so your entire family could pose for photos with all their favorite characters throughout the Anaheim theme park. You’d need a lot of suitcases and a really thick wallet. But just think of the selfies you could post to Instagram. Disney’s research and develo...
Tags: Maleficent, Disney, Sport, Soccer, Cinderella, Disneyland, Disney Research, Mickey Mouse, Anaheim, Disney California Adventure, Elastigirl, Hyperion Theater, Disneyland Ralph, Instagram Disney


Disney Has Invented A Spray-Painting Drone

And no, it’s not for graffiti. (Just imagine Disney graffiti.) “PaintCopter [is] a drone that can autonomously spray paint both flat and 3D surfaces. Disney Research says the goal is to be able to paint large surfaces without the need for scaffolding and ladders. … You can see the drone in action in the video below, and while its painting skills still leave a bit to be desired, you can imagine where this work is headed.”
Tags: Art, Disney, Disney Research, Visual, 10.03.18


This autonomous spray-painting drone is a 21st-century tagger’s dream

Whenever I see an overpass or billboard that’s been tagged, I worry about the tagger and the danger they exposed themselves to in order to get that cherry spot. Perhaps this spray paint-toting drone developed by ETH Zurich and Disney Research will take some of the danger out of the hobby. It could also be used for murals and stuff, I guess. Although it seems an obvious application in retrospect, there just isn’t a lot of drone-based painting being done out there. Consider: a company could shorte...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Drones, Robotics, Disney Research, Eth Zurich


Disney has created an autonomous paint-spraying drone for some reason

Look what's just flown out of Disney Research's workshop. It's none other than an autonomous spray-painting drone that can apply colorful designs not only to flat surfaces, but 3D objects too. The post Disney has created an autonomous paint-spraying drone for some reason appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Disney, Trends, Drone, Drones, Disney Research, Emerging Tech


Disney takes to the air with an autonomous paint-spraying drone

Look what's just flown out of Disney Research's workshop. It's none other than an autonomous spray-painting drone that can apply colorful designs not only to flat surfaces, but to 3D objects, too. The post Disney takes to the air with an autonomous paint-spraying drone appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Disney, Trends, Drone, Drones, Disney Research, Emerging Tech


Need to 3D Print a Pattern That Behaves in a Certain Way Under Force? Check This Out

Disney Research has come up with a design/fabrication aid sexily named "Mechanical Characterization of Structured Sheet Materials." What they've done is create a variety of lattices based on different isohedral (i.e. tiled) patterns... ...and observed the differences in each pattern's range of movement when stretched. They then came up with software that accurately predicts how each pattern will respond to being pulled in different directions or, in geek-speak, each...
Tags: Design, Disney Research, Digital Fabrication


Disney tech smooths out bad CG hair days

Disney is unequivocally the world’s leader in 3D simulations of hair — something of a niche talent in a way, but useful if you make movies like Tangled, where hair is basically the main character. A new bit of research from the company makes it easier for animators to have hair follow their artistic intent while also moving realistically. The problem Disney Research aimed to solve was a compromise that animators have had to make when making the hair on characters do what the scene requires. Whil...
Tags: TC, Science, Media, Disney, Tech, Animation, Disney Research, Computer Animation, 3d Animation


Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles

For over 50 years, Disneyland and its sister parks have been a showcase for increasingly technically proficient versions of its “animatronic” characters. First pneumatic and hydraulic and more recently fully electronic — these figures create a feeling of life and emotion inside rides and attractions, in shows and, increasingly, in interactive ways throughout the parks. The machines they’re creating are becoming more active and mobile in order to better represent the wildly physical nature of the...
Tags: Apple, Australia, Disney, Tech, Pandora, Pope, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Research, Tony, North Star, Disney Imagineering, World of Avatar, Imagineer, Stuntronics, Tony Dohi


A New Ford Concept Helps Blind People “Look” Out the Window – Technologue

My own love of travel incubated in the back seat of a 1969 Chevy Townsman wagon, as it racked up 170,000 miles performing numerous Homeric crisscrossings of the United States. In an era before rear-seat video, onboard Wi-Fi, and smart devices, my sisters and I mostly looked out the windows. We drank in the amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties, and endless fruited plains for hours at a time. I shudder to imagine how tedious and cruel such slogs would have seemed had any of us been blin...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Opinion, United States, Ford, Italy, Disney Research, Future Cars, Wi Fi, Blue Oval, Frank Markus, Bitlab, GTB Roma, Ford Italia, Chevy Townsman, University of San Marino


Check out Disney's robot acrobat

This is "Stickman," a robot acrobat that Disney Research scientists presented at this week's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. From the abstract of their technical paper: Human performers have developed impressive acrobatic techniques over thousands of years of practicing the gymnastic arts. At the same time, robots have started to become more mobile and autonomous and can begin to imitate these stunts in dramatic and informative ways. We present a simple two degree...
Tags: Video, News, Disney, Automation, Robots, Robotics, Disney Research, IMU, Acrobats, Acrobatics


Watch Disney’s Stickman robot show off its amazing acrobatic skills

Disney's Stickman is an unorthodox robot capable of performing some spectacular acrobatic flips by swinging from a near-20-foot ceiling-mounted wire. Check out its amazing feats. The post Watch Disney’s Stickman robot show off its amazing acrobatic skills appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Disney, Trends, Robot, Disney Research, Emerging Tech


Stickman is Disney’s new headless acrobatic robot

The team at Disney Research never fails to deliver fascinating (if not always particularly useful) experiments. Take Stickman. The robot is essentially one long limb, capable of some cool acrobatic maneuvers. The system, detailed in a new paper from DR titled “Towards a Human Scale Acrobatic Robotic,” has two degrees of freedom and a pendulum it uses to launch itself in the air after swinging on a rope. The relatively simple robot tucks and folds, somersaulting in the air before landing on t...
Tags: TC, Disney, Tech, Robotics, Disney Research


This Cheap Painting Technique Turns Walls Into Giant Touch Sensors

The walls of your house keep the roof up, give your family some privacy, and maybe provide a place to hang some art. But researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a way for walls to do more. A cheap paint treatment turns them into giant sensors, creating new ways to interact with a smart…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Research, Disney Research, Wall, Carnegie Mellon University, Chi 2018


This conductive paint transforms regular walls into giant touchpads

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have found a way to use conductive paint to turn regular, boring walls into ones that can detect human touch. Here's how. The post This conductive paint transforms regular walls into giant touchpads appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Disney Research, Carnegie Mellon University


This soft robotic arm is straight out of Big Hero 6 (it’s even from Disney)

The charming robot at the heart of Disney’s Big Hero 6, Baymax, isn’t exactly realistic, but its puffy bod is an (admittedly aspirational) example of the growing field of soft robotics. And now Disney itself has produced a soft robot arm that seems like it could be a prototype from the movie. Created by Disney Research roboticists, the arm seems clearly inspired by Baymax, from the overstuffed style and delicate sausage fingers to the internal projector that can show status or information to nea...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Disney, Tech, Robotics, Disney Research, Baymax, Soft Robotics


Disney’s pneumatic ‘Force Jacket’ could be the key to awesome VR theme parks

As we navigate further and further into this strange Ready Player One-like future that plenty of tech companies are investing heavily, Disney wants to ensure that people can feel content in the most life-like way possible. Disney Research has shown off some research into the world of haptic feedback via a vest with “pneumatically-actuated airbags.” The “Force Jacket” is powered by a jacket filled with 26 air packets attached via tubes to a machine that inflates and deflate them with precision...
Tags: Startups, TC, Disney, Virtual Reality, Disney Research


A coat of conductive paint can transform regular walls into giant touchpads

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have found a way to use conductive paint to turn regular, boring walls into ones that can detect human touch. Here's how. The post A coat of conductive paint can transform regular walls into giant touchpads appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Disney Research, Carnegie Mellon University


Paint job transforms walls into sensors, interactive surfaces

Walls are what they are -- big, dull dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research found that they could transform dumb walls into smart walls at relatively low cost using simple tools and techniques, such as a paint roller.
Tags: Disney Research, Carnegie Mellon University


Redrock Micro’s new DigiBoom Aims to Energize Location Shots, Breaking News, and Sports Footage

Redrock Micro's new DigiBoom Aims to Energize Location Shots, Breaking News, and Sports Footage Redrock Micro Press: New Hybrid Camera Rig from Redrock Micro and Disney ABC Television Group/ Disney Research Merges Best of Gimbal, Jib, Drone, and Handheld to Achieve Cinematic Moves and Impossible Camera Angles Dallas, TX and Hollywood, CA – Redrock Micro in collaboration with Disney/ ABC Television Group and Disney Research today announced DigiBoom® – a new gimbal-stabilized camera rig that mer...
Tags: Photography, Video, Drone, Dallas, Disney Research, Vendors, Gimbal, Nab, Redrock Micro, JIB, Disney ABC Television Group, Camera Rig, Related Stories Disney, NAB 2018, Digiboom, Handheld Stabilizer


Robot posture and movement style affects how humans interact with them

It seems obvious that the way a robot moves would affect how people interact with it, and whether they consider it easy or safe to be near. But what poses and movement types specifically are reassuring or alarming? Disney Research looked into a few of the possibilities of how a robot might approach a simple interaction with a nearby human. The study had people picking up a baton with a magnet at one end and passing it to a robotic arm, which would automatically move to collect the baton with ...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics, Disney Research, Grasping, Robot Human Interaction


Disney’s Latest Research Project Can Turn Scripts Into Virtual Reality

Disney Research has been working on a way to turn natural language scripts into virtual reality (VR) pre-visualizations. While currently focusing on VR story creation, the tool could ultimately be used for traditional filmmaking as well, said Disney Research digital platforms group lead Sasha Schriber during a talk at the Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) […]
Tags: News, Disney, Virtual Reality, Disney Research, GDC, VRDC, Sasha Schriber


Disney and Redrock Micro Collaborate to Bring New Technologies to Market

Redrock Micro to Bring Innovative Production Technology from Disney/ABC Television Group and Disney Research to Market From Redrock Micro Press: DATELINE – Burbank California – Disney | ABC Television Group and Disney Research has selected Redrock Microsystems to license certain Disney technology and patents, and will work with them to bring resulting products to market. “Disney has a rich heritage of developing technology to enhance the tools and systems of tomorrow,” said Anthony Accardo, Di...
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Research sparks new way to predict movie-goers' facial expressions

Researchers in Simon Fraser University's School of Computing Science have been working with Disney Research to develop a new way to assess and predict the facial expressions of movie goers. This method could help to make artificial data created in animation look more realistic.
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Augmented Reality Dentistry Will Show You How Your Teeth Look Post-Treatment

Getting dental work done is generally very expensive and you have to basically estimate by looking at casts and molds as to how your teeth will look post-treatment. A Swiss startup is working on changing this paradigm. Kapanu has created a virtual mirror which will show you your post-treatment teeth using augmented reality (AR) and 3D imaging. The company has created an AR engine in collaboration with Disney Research, which will be used for medical purposes, the first one being dentistry.
Tags: News, Disney Research, Kapanu


This Disney AR app could be a stealth play for smart coloring books

 In our perambulations through the halls of museums, who hasn’t wanted to give paintings we pass by a little touch-up in a spontaneous act of yellowism? Disney has created an augmented reality app to allow just this, but given the company’s core competencies I can’t help but wonder if the museum use case is just a smokescreen for another: the smartification of millions of… Read More
Tags: TC, Science, Disney, Tech, Augmented Reality, Disney Research, Disney AR


A good read: AI evaluates quality of short stories

The idea that artificial intelligence will someday be able to understand and even generate narratives has inspired and motivated researchers for years. A question inextricably bound to both lines of research remains unresolved, however: can AI recognize a good story if it sees one? In the first large-scale attempt to tackle this challenging problem, scientists at Disney Research and the University of Massachusetts Boston have developed neural networks that can evaluate short narratives.
Tags: Science, Disney Research, University of Massachusetts Boston