This animatronic human head looks so real that it freaks me out

I always thought that Michael Fassbender's severed head in Prometheus was so perfect an realistic that it had to be just him with his body in a green suit. Or perhaps his real face filmed and projected on a 3D model. Surprisingly, it's an awesome animatronic head made by special effects wizard Gustav Hoegen. » 6/18/14 10:35am 6/18/14 10:35am

Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Where Gadgets and Dreams Collide

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades… » 4/14/14 3:00pm 4/14/14 3:00pm

Building the Animatronic Terror That Trounced a T-Rex

Jurassic Park III may not be your favorite movie in the series. But that doesn't mean its effects weren't fantastic. In fact, the somewhat random third entry in the series boasted the biggest animatronic 'saur yet: the Spinosaurus. Stan Winston Studios recalls the details of that behemoth's construction, and it's… » 6/22/13 2:58pm 6/22/13 2:58pm

This is How the Jurassic Park Animatronic Triceratops Was Built

As a young pup watching Jurassic Park, I was in terrified of the T-Rex, fearful of the Raptors, in awe of the Brachiosaurus and annoyed of that little spraying dinosaur. But probably above all, I felt for the Triceratops. It was hurt! It was dying! It was so incredibly detailed. Stan Winston School revealed how they… » 4/16/13 11:30pm 4/16/13 11:30pm

Disney Invents Method to Clone Humans Into Robots

This is half fascinating, half scary, and 100 percent freaky: Disney has invented a process to clone real humans into silicone-skinned robots. Their method analyzes the face of a target using 3D motion capture cameras. Then it calculates the precise shape, density and composition of a synthetic skin that accurately… » 8/14/12 12:00pm 8/14/12 12:00pm

WowWee White Tiger Cub Robot Is Unboxed, Unleashed

WowWee, makers of fine programmable robotic toys, is stepping back a bit with the "Alive" series of animatronic beasts sporting realistic skeletons that move according to how much attention they're given. You can't load custom Java code onto this White Tiger Cub though, so if that's your thing, stick with the … » 7/22/08 10:30am 7/22/08 10:30am

HD DVD's Animatronic Secret Weapon Not Enough to Defeat Blu-ray

As if 1080p video, full-resolution audio, net connectivity and multi-tuner signal decoding wasn't enough, Toshiba's HD DVD team had even cooked up a system of embedded animatronic control before the format was put out of its misery. In this video left over from CES 2008, this little mechanical jazz band playing the… » 2/25/08 5:40pm 2/25/08 5:40pm

BotBrain Robot Head Flaps its Eyelids, Makes Geekish Hearts Flutter

This animatronic head is sold as a kit so you can learn the fun of building a fully robotic nut that can "turn left and right," has moving eyes, eyelids and a mouth that "changes expressions"—though presumably not into a sexy pout, sorry robo-sex fans. BotBrain even has sensors that let it react to its environment,… » 2/12/08 9:39am 2/12/08 9:39am