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Epcot Spaceship Earth to Become the Death Star

Epcot Spaceship Earth to Become the Death Star
Disney is working to get all the mileage possible out of its Star Wars purchase and as such it plans to turn that boring Epcot Spaceship Earth silver ball into the Death Star tonight. The catch…

Disney’s Animatronic Avatar Robot Is Impressive and Scary

Disney’s Animatronic Avatar Robot Is Impressive and Scary
Disney has been working for quite some time on an Avatar themed attraction, and they recently gave the world its first look at one of the animatronic Na’vi characters from the upcoming Pandora attraction at Disney’s…
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Winnie the Pooh Funko POP! Figures Will Eat Your Honey

Winnie the Pooh Funko POP! Figures Will Eat Your Honey
Back in the ’80s I would wake up early each Saturday to watch cartoons. I can remember the very first cartoon that came on each morning was Winnie the Pooh. I didn’t like it, but my…

Disney Invents a One-legged Robot That Hops Like a Crazy Pogo Stick

Disney Invents a One-legged Robot That Hops Like a Crazy Pogo Stick
Disney’s research branch just revealed a crazy robot that can hop on a single leg. It doesn’t need a tether either, and has an on-board power source and controller. Now they just need to scale it…

Disney Almost Built a Real-World Myst Island

Disney Almost Built a Real-World Myst Island
Back in the day when I graduated from college the very first thing I did after getting my very first paycheck was run down to Best Buy and purchase a 3DO. It was awesome for the…

Disneyland Testing New Interactive Droids for Star Wars Lands

Disneyland Testing New Interactive Droids for Star Wars Lands
Disney’s plans for Star Wars extend much further than just milking the property for all it’s worth in movie theaters. The company is also working on converting parts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World into epic…

Disney PaperID Turns Paper into Input Devices Using RFID Tags: Fiber Haptic

Disney PaperID Turns Paper into Input Devices Using RFID Tags: Fiber Haptic
RFID tags are most often used for tracking or identification. But scientists from Disney Research, University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University have figured out a way to use them to create buttons, knobs and other…

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1
Last October we checked out a fascinating animation technique that transfers facial movements from one person to another in real-time. Disney Research’s FaceDirector on the other hand blends two different takes of an actor’s face into…

Disney Scented Candles Smell Like the Haunted Mansion

Disney Scented Candles Smell Like the Haunted Mansion
When I was about ten, my parents took my brother and I to Disney. He was about five and we got into this argument in the elevator of the Haunted Mansion about if the costumed figure…

Bizarre Mickey Mouse Head Music Visualizer Thingy Commissioned by Disney

Bizarre Mickey Mouse Head Music Visualizer Thingy Commissioned by Disney
This Mickey Mouse inspired musical sculpture is more than a bit creepy. It looks like someone cut the heads off of Deadmau5 and Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and smashed them together. The thing is called the…

Disney’s VertiGo Robot Can Climb Walls

Disney’s VertiGo Robot Can Climb Walls
Disney made a robot and it is not named BB-8. Check out this video demonstration of the VertiGO wall-climbing robot car. It was designed by Disney Research and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.…

AutoConnect Generates 3D Printable Connectors for Any Two Objects: The Missing Link

AutoConnect Generates 3D Printable Connectors for Any Two Objects: The Missing Link
Custom mounts, docks and other connectors are simple yet impressive demonstrations of 3D printing’s potential. Right now you can either design your own connector or look for existing designs, but a group of researchers have created…

LEGO Nautilus Concept is Just 4000 Votes Under the Target

LEGO Nautilus Concept is Just 4000 Votes Under the Target
Famous LEGO MOCer Alex Jones aka OrionPax submitted this whale of a proposal for an official LEGO set. It’s a fantastic scale model of the Nautilus, Captain Nemo’s submarine in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The…

Disney Heroines as League of Legends Champions: Adorbz Disney Characters

Disney Heroines as League of Legends Champions: Adorbz Disney Characters
Part of the appeal of MOBAs like League of Legends is that they have tons of playable characters. You know who else has tons of characters? Disney. DeviantArt member Elasar Reem turned just a subset of…

Disney Creating Cartoon Robots that Could Prowl Its Parks

Disney Creating Cartoon Robots that Could Prowl Its Parks
I worked at Disney World when I was in high school. It was not fun and it was not glamorous. I flipped burgers and sold soft serve ice cream. The cool kids I knew had jobs…

Disney Research’s 3D Printer Prints with Fabric: A Whole New World

Disney Research’s 3D Printer Prints with Fabric: A Whole New World
We can now add fabric to the many kinds of 3D printing “ink”, thanks to Disney Research and their partners from Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University. They developed a printer-laser cutter hybrid that stacks layers…
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