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Regular Old Sewing Thread Can Be Woven Into Strong Artificial Muscles

Given Disney’s amusement parks are packed full of audio-animatronic characters, it only makes sense that the company’s research division would be hard at work finding ways to make them even more lifelike. Researchers may have found a cheap solution to making artificial muscles, using conductive sewing thread you can… » 6/09/15 11:20am 6/09/15 11:20am

Disney Invented a Way To Control Your Phone Using the Sounds It Emits

In an effort to bring more functionality and interactivity to a device that is often just a large monolothic touchscreen, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have come up with a series of accessories that manipulate sound coming from a smartphone’s speaker to serve as an external controller. » 4/20/15 1:30pm 4/20/15 1:30pm

Software Could Automatically Put Your Vacation Photos in Perfect Order 

If you rely on just a single camera while traveling, it’s easy to organize your photos by time and date when you get home. But most of us use multiple cameras, and smartphones, and action cams, to document our travels. So researchers at Disney and the University of Washington are working on software that can… » 4/17/15 9:45am 4/17/15 9:45am

Disney's Sand-Sketching Robot Turns Beaches Into an Artist's Canvas

If you thought elaborate sand castles were the only way one could express their artistic vision on the beach, Disney Research and ETH Zürich want to introduce you to their Beachbot. Slightly larger than a Roomba, the cartoonish robot turtle uses innovative soft balloon-like wheels so that it doesn't leave a trail… » 1/12/15 8:20am 1/12/15 8:20am

Disney's Super-Realistic CG Eyeballs Are an Uncanny Valley Airlift

What most often gives away a CG character as fake is their dead, lifeless eyes. It's a common contributing factor to the uncanny valley effect, but now researchers at Disney have developed a system to perfectly capture a performer's eyes that promises to make CG characters finally appear more lifelike and convincing. » 12/05/14 10:52am 12/05/14 10:52am

Disney Developed Software To Revolutionize Macy's Parade Balloons

The reason your favorite cartoon or movie character hasn't appeared in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade isn't necessarily because they're not popular, it might be that crafting an inflatable likeness has just been too difficult. But to ensure no fad gets left out, the folks at Disney Research have developed… » 8/11/14 10:44am 8/11/14 10:44am

Data Hidden Inside of Music Could Soon Stream Right to Your Smartphone

Your religious neighbor may have been wrong about the satanic messages hidden in your new-fangled rock music, but researchers at Disney have figured out a very real way to hide data within songs. In a new study, they explain how the next concert or movie you go to could broadcast content to your phone through sound. » 4/30/14 7:00pm 4/30/14 7:00pm

Air-Powered Force Feedback Could Make Kinect Even More Immersive

Microsoft's Kinect provided gamers with a hands-free way to play their favorite titles. But when the controller was removed from the situation, so was the haptic force feedback that can enhance gameplay. Most of us were ok with the tradeoff, but not the Imagineers at Disney Research who've come up with a way to… » 5/23/13 9:45am 5/23/13 9:45am