33 Pitstops Towards the Uncanny Valley

MaximumPC takes a close look at how virtual representations of ourselves—or more specifically, of the video game bad guy versions of ourselves—have evolved since the days of Wolfenstein 3D's clunky Nazis. It's part "walk down memory lane," part "we did all that in 20 years?", and entirely worth your time. [MaximumPC] » 3/17/11 11:20am 3/17/11 11:20am

Crazy Realistic Geminoid Robot Now Comes in Cool College Professor…

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro was responsible for the first Geminoids—super realistic androids capable of reproducing facial tics and other subtle mannerisms—but a team of researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark has fired back with their own fair-skinned take on the creepily realistic robot: the Geminoid… » 3/07/11 9:40am 3/07/11 9:40am

Freakishly Real Jules Robot Now Makes Faces Right Back At You

Click to view » 10/31/08 10:00am 10/31/08 10:00amWe've shown you the robotic head before, but now a team of scientists have added real-time human expression mimicking—and taken him marching right across uncanny valley. A team at the University of Bristol, UK, have combined Jules with some analytical software that looks at a person's face and tweaks…

PS3 Game Developer Claims to have Crossed Uncanny Valley

We're fascinated with the battle against uncanny valley—that point in graphics or robotics where the human likeness isn't quite reached, which in turn repulses the viewer. And while we've seen graphics card makers and robot designers tackling the problem before, for the first time a video game developer claims to have… » 12/18/07 9:57am 12/18/07 9:57am

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra: Kicking Uncanny Valley Butt

We just told you about the $830 NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra last week, otherwise known as the "world's fastest graphics card". But just how much power can $830 buy today?

Check out this technical demo by NVIDIA. The real time rendering is of actor Doug Jones, who you probably won't recognize as Pan from Pan's… » 5/06/07 1:10pm 5/06/07 1:10pm

Proof That the Uncanny Valley is a Scary, Scary Place

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro made a robot of himself so he could sit at home and have his lectures delivered from afar while giving students the impression that he was there with them and actually cared about their educations. He created a monstrosity that looks like him, only much more likely to murder you in your… » 4/25/07 5:15pm 4/25/07 5:15pm