Disney Research's Most Magical Innovations

Posted: May 13 2016, 2:41am CDT | by , Updated: May 13 2016, 12:32pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Disney Research's Most Magical Innovations
Disney Research

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The Mickey Mouse company has just unveiled several amazing technological innovations. Be prepared to be amazed.

Disney and scientific research seems a contradiction on first glance, but the Disney Research is real and just unveiled several amazing innovations. Disney Research is comprised of a network of research labs and scientists around the globe. Where you see the Mickey Mouse influence is in the entertaining presentation of their research. Sometimes its just little things, but you feel the heritage of an entertainment company.

Take for instance the hybrid hydrostatic transmission and human-safe haptic telepresence robot, Disney research just unveiled. This sounds complicated, but you can call the robot just Jimmy. This is what the name tag says on the robot. Jimmy is a telepresence robot with extreme human like movement precision. Jimmy can pick up a raw egg and move his arms with no lag at all. Watch the video below to be amazed by Jimmy.

The Disney Research RapID, a framework for fabricating low-latency interactive objects with RFID tags is another exciting project. RFID tags can be used to add inexpensive, wireless, battery -less sensing to objects. Disney shows how to achieve low-latency manipulation and movement sensing with off-the-shelf RFID tags and readers.

The solution couples a probabilistic filtering layer with a monte-carlo-sampling-based interaction layer, preserving uncertainty in tag reads until they can be resolved in the context of interactions.

This innovation allows computers to sense what happens to objects without needing any wireless connection beyond RFID. This is huge as RFID does not require batteries. The possibilities for this technology seem endless, especially for toys. Disney came up with an interactive tic tac toe game.

Disney Research also makes paper react to gestures. PaperID is a technique for drawing functional battery-free wireless interfaces on paper. Ordinary paper suddenly becomes connected and interactive. The research demonstrates the capability to use off-the-shelf RFID tags to sense touch, cover, overlap of tags by conductive or insulating materials, and tag movement trajectories.

These are just three of the most recent innovations coming out of Disney Research. Find more on the Disney Research site.

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