Disney Employs Physical Cloning Of A Human Face For Animatronic Figure (+VIDEO)
Disney Research team in Zurich, Switzerland, has worked out an advanced robot-making technique ‘Physical Face Cloning’. Disney aims to utilize this technology to produce life-like animatronic figures in its theme parks, in order to add to the realism of the interactive characters.
The technique scans a person’s face in 3D and then uses that information to design and fabricate an artificial skin that will move realistically, closely imitating emotions and wrinkles of the original person. The process begins with using motion capture technology to scan a person’s head while the subject goes through a “performance” of various facial expressions; the 3D scan is then used to generate a digital “mesh” – kind of map of the face. This model of the robot head defines the robot’s range of movements and locates the optimum points to attach the artificial skin. Once the head and skin have been designed, a 3D mold is made into which liquid silicone is injected, after that the skin cures and is attached to the motorized metal and plastic skull.