For people who like the Microsoft Kinect but also the simple joys of nature, the dream makers at Disney Research have just smashed together that particular peanut butter and chocolate into a magical (and very, deeply strange) new technology: plants that can register movements like a touchscreen, then display those movements, or use them to interact with an electronic device.
Rendering complex objects realistically requires a whole new kind of geometry
By Ryan BradleyPosted 10.12.2011 at 10:06 am 7 Comments
When Eitan Grinspun's adviser at the California Institute of Technology asked him to help develop a better way to model how cans bend when crushed, the young mathematician did not think it would be a major project. "He lured me into something that took years and years," says Grinspun, now at Columbia University. But the journey to model a crushed Coke can ended with an entirely new field of geometry.
Differential geometry can describe how the curves and surfaces of a given object will bend and crease.
Disney researchers apparently don’t feel that your video games are realistic enough. Engineers at the company’s Pittsburgh research facility have devised something they call “Tactile Brush” that creates the sensory illusion of objects moving against a person’s skin, mimicking everything from crawling insects to the forces exerted by a car taking a hard corner. And soon enough, it could be integrated into everything from gaming systems to movie theater seats.
A digital revolution in past years has gradually unlocked movies and television shows from their traditional formats. Now Disney wants to take things a step further and update the idea of media ownership. Their plan would give owners an access code that allows them to view their entertainment on any number of platforms and gadgets.
By Amber SassePosted 04.22.2009 at 11:25 am 2 Comments
Yep, that’s right. Mickey proves Kermit wrong in the whole “it’s not easy being green” arena with the release of Disneynature’s first film, Earth. Opening today in theaters, the movie follows three animal “families” on a journey for survival across our planet.
As with every year, a tuxedoed crowd huddles in the dark to honor the luminaries of the film world with Academy Awards. However, this ceremony didn’t feature Hugh Jackman’s dancing or Queen Latifah’s singing. No, this time we’re talking about the Science and Technology Oscars. And even though the SciTech Oscars only got a brief mention during Sunday’s larger ceremony, Popsci.com dives deep into the achievement of the scientists who make the movies possible.
A half-century after its first hit, Disney takes another stab at domesticity
By Gregory MonePosted 02.13.2008 at 4:56 pm 3 Comments
This week, Disney announced that it will reveal a $15 million, 5000-square-foot house of the future thats full of gadgets, and boasts smart countertops capable of recognizing the groceries you set down, and then suggesting recipes. (Boy, that sounds, umm, annoying.) The house will be unveiled in May as part of Tomorrowland, and will also include four actors playing a family of four, and demonstrating the homes coolest features.