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Typically, recreating a celebrity as an animated 3D character requires painstaking modeling based on motion capture and laser scans. In the future, though, all you'll need is a few limo-chasing photographers. University of Washington researchers have developed a system that creates digital face "p...

June 14th 2015 at 3:31pm 0 Comments
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Putting words in other people's mouths: more of a hobby than a vocation for most people, I'd say. If your work or play involves facial animation, however, you know how much work goes into making fake speech look convincingly real. Although there are impressive pro animation tools for this tas...

April 25th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Every parent who has taken a long car trip or flight with offspring in tow knows that the difference between a pleasant journey and a stressful, tiring marathon may come down to one key factor: can you keep the kids entertained (and fed) through it? If so, everyone's happier. This task is drama...

September 9th 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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We're not shy about this proclamation: This Portal 2 Wheatley puppet, by deviantART user TRP-Chan, is the best thing you'll see today. Not the best video game puppet, or best YouTube video you'll see today. We mean the best thing! Birth of your first child? Sorry kid, but you're taking second p...

August 10th 2011 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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This Kinect-based prototype should be relevant to your interests, particularly in how it allows the user to manipulate and find expression in a virtual puppet. Projected against a wall, a wide-eyed bird copies the movements of Emily Gobeille's arm, much like a shadow would. As Kinect tracks the sil...

November 19th 2010 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Hey Xbox 360 Kinect owners, want to spice up those family shadow puppet shows? Then check out the installation prototype created by Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson using an Xbox Kinect connected to a laptop using the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect. The openFrameworks system tracks the elbo...

November 19th 2010 at 3:59am 0 Comments
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As jaded as we are, we just can't bring ourselves to criticize this. Produced by CTA Digital, authors of other questionable gaming accessories, the Puppet Pouch acts as a superfurry (and annoyingly cute) case for your Nintendo portable console. Coming with a felt interior and elastic straps to keep...

April 29th 2010 at 9:03am 0 Comments
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We don't know how seriously you take yourself as a photographer. But painting a face on your lens cap and dangling a hand-made, ¥2,914 (about $32) Osu! Kameraman puppet from your camera's tripod mount isn't going to earn you much respect. Especially when your telephoto lens is dialed up to maxi...

March 19th 2010 at 2:51am 0 Comments
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What do Joss Whedon-created television character Angel and Paul Barnett have in common? Well, apparently they've both undergone a spell that's changed them into puppets. Creepy. Well, it's also kinda cute too. Okay, fine, it's really cute, but we're only admitting it because Paul knows where we al...

January 30th 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Just when we thought we'd seen it all in regards to Warhammer Online, something like today's One Shots comes along and firms up the fact that we've really only scratched the surface in this column. We've heard of some pretty interesting ways to taunt your enemies or amuse your friends, but using pu...

November 2nd 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Didn't get your hands in on a Fallout 3 Vault Boy puppet from this year's PAX? The folks at Bethesda have donated a hand-ful (har) for us to give away, along with a couple of Vault Dweller's Survival Guides. All we want to know is what perk you would want in real life, whether it's an actual Fallou...

September 22nd 2008 at 5:10pm 0 Comments
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France: it's like Canada, only with less hockey, and more boring mechanical spiders. Those hosers have foisted this amazingly-styled and yet utterly dull "La Princesse" piece of street theater on the innocent, unsuspecting people of Liverpool, and the travesty is set to continue for another couple...

September 5th 2008 at 3:02pm 0 Comments