Disney Research unveiled an audio-animatronics human bust with a lifelike gaze that eerily mimics a real person’s eye and head movements.
Audio-animatronics are Disney’s animatronics figures used throughout its theme parks to serve as lifelike characters. According to the study announcing this new eye gaze capability, these widely used animatronic figures imitate real life by using “fluid motions.”
Now, Disney Research has built upon the audio-animatronics human bust by giving it the ability to mimic human-like eye gaze and head movements.
The “Realistic and Interactive Robot Gaze” study announcing this development was authored by people on the Disney Research and Walt Disney Imagineering team, as well as two researchers from the California Institute Of Technology and the University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. Shortly after the study was unveiled, Disney Research Hub published a one-minute YouTube video displaying the robot’s human-like functions.