Sunday, February 01, 2009

"Compliance" in animatronics

This is really cool. I never knew they've reached this level of movement in animatronics! 

From an animator's point of view (and especially as animation instructor), I thought it was very insteresting that the brakethrought in believability was what the call "compiance" - counter balancing quick movement with the entire body. It's quite amazing how this very specific physical notion changes a robotic machine into something that feels quite alive. Definitely something for an animator to keep in mind.