Uncannyvalley

06.14.15
Celebrities get digital puppets made from paparazzi photos
06.14.15

Celebrities get digital puppets made from paparazzi photos

Typically, recreating a celebrity as an animated 3D character requires painstaking modeling based...

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10.06.14
The new Unreal Engine will bring eerily realistic skin to your games
10.06.14

The new Unreal Engine will bring eerily realistic skin to your games

It hasn't been hard to produce realistic-looking skin in computer-generated movies, but it's much...

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04.06.14
UK's Ministry of Defence has its own creepy hazmat testing robot (video)
04.06.14

UK's Ministry of Defence has its own creepy hazmat testing robot (video)

Boston Dymanics' Petman now has serious competition in the "eerie human-like robots" category, cou...

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08.09.13
Researchers' robotic face expresses the needs of yellow slime mold (video)
08.09.13

Researchers' robotic face expresses the needs of yellow slime mold (video)

Apparently, slime mold has feelings too. Researchers at the University of the West of England have...

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04.02.13
XYZbot's Fritz offers a cheaper robot head, free trips to the uncanny valley (video)
04.02.13

XYZbot's Fritz offers a cheaper robot head, free trips to the uncanny valley (video)

It's been relatively easy to get your hands on an expressive robot face... if you're rich or a sci...

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08.07.12
Sony takes SOEmote live for EverQuest II, lets gamers show their true CG selves (video)
08.07.12

Sony takes SOEmote live for EverQuest II, lets gamers show their true CG selves (video)

We had a fun time trying Sony's SOEmote expression capture tech at E3; now everyone can try it. As...

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07.26.12
Baby robot Affetto gets a torso, still gives us the creeps (video)
07.26.12

Baby robot Affetto gets a torso, still gives us the creeps (video)

It's taken a year to get the sinister ticks and motions of Osaka University's Affetto baby head ou...

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06.22.12
Samsung files patents for robot that mimics human walking and breathing, ratchets up the creepy factor
06.22.12

Samsung files patents for robot that mimics human walking and breathing, ratchets up the creepy factor

As much as Samsung is big on robots, it hasn't gone all-out on the idea until a just-published qua...

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11.15.11
MIT unveils computer chip that thinks like the human brain, Skynet just around the corner
11.15.11

MIT unveils computer chip that thinks like the human brain, Skynet just around the corner

It may be a bit on the Uncanny Valley side of things to have a computer chip that can mimic the huma...

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