So, Where’s My Robot?

Thoughts on Social Machine Learning

Luxo Jr. Comes to Life

Previously, I’ve talked about approaching social robot behavior generation as an animation problem.  I think this is a fun challenge because in many ways animating a social robot is similar to a Pixar character like Wall-E or Luxo Jr., but there are interesting ways in which is it different.

I’m thinking of this again since the Luxo Jr. animatronic recently made it’s debut at the Disney Hollywood Studios!  It is quite fun to see this classic character come to life.  And it is interesting to see the differences between the robot character and the on-screen version.  I think in large part because it has much slower motion, this creates a completely different personality.   However, it is still quite expressive and fun.

Here it is in the daytime:

And at Night:

(via http://jefflangedvd.com/)

July 20th, 2009 Posted by | Fun, HRI, Industry | no comments

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