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Disney Research on Augmented Reality Demand you Color Within the Lines

Disney Research on Augmented Reality Demand you Color Within the Lines

That good ol’ com­pa­ny Dis­ney is always on the fore­front of doing some­thing cool. Ear­li­er this month we spoke about their using Li-Fi (Read Li-Fi arti­cle here). Now they’re work­ing with AR for kids who like to col­or in books. Why, you might ask? Because they’ve fig­ure out how to turn 2D flat col­ored images and trans­form them into 3D char­ac­ters that you can manip­u­late. So it takes the image of the char­ac­ter in the col­or­ing book and maps the col­ors applied by the user to a pre-made 3D ani­ma­tion of the char­ac­ter. So a child begins col­or­ing the char­ac­ters, the char­ac­ter itself comes to life before your very eyes – that is, with the help of an AR app on any giv­en device. Essen­tial­ly, as the child draws and col­ors, the Dis­ney char­ac­ter then springs to life in real-time like mag­ic. Dis­ney (jobs at Dis­ney) believes that tech­nolo­gies such as AR could help re-ignite their innate dri­ve at being cre­ative by inte­grat­ing the tech­nol­o­gy with col­or­ing books. By pro­vid­ing a bridge between real-world activ­i­ties and dig­i­tal enhance­ments, Dis­ney hopes the mind of child could equal­ly be enhanced in tan­dem. “[C]hildren spend an increas­ing amount of time pas­sive­ly con­sum­ing con­tent…

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Disney and Carnegie Mellon is redefining Big Data with EM-Sense.

Disney and Carnegie Mellon is redefining Big Data with EM-Sense.

We’ve all grown up hear­ing and expe­ri­enc­ing the “Mag­ic of Dis­ney”, but what does that real­ly mean? Well thanks to their lat­est mag­ic com­pa­nies will know every­thing and we mean every­thing about you, like what you’re hold­ing in your hands at this very moment. No cam­eras, drones, or stalk­ers required, basi­cal­ly just a smart­watch with some cool soft­ware. It’s called EM-Sense, devel­oped by sci­en­tists at Dis­ney Research and Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty. So the ques­tion you should be ask­ing your­self right now is “What the heck is Dis­ney up to”? It seems like they are get­ting involved in every pos­si­ble piece of tech­nol­o­gy, small, large, sim­ple to super com­plex. But why? Not too long ago we wrote about their aug­ment­ed real­i­ty col­or­ing tech and their appli­ca­tion of Li-Fi. Now they appear to be mov­ing into stranger realms. A research paper was recent­ly pre­sent­ed at a user inter­face soft­ware and tech­nol­o­gy sym­po­sium and it basi­cal­ly explained our bod­ies con­duct elec­tro-mag­net­ic sig­nals and this con­duc­tion can be eas­i­ly mea­sured. It also turns out that objects pro­duce dis­tinc­tive EM sig­nals as well. By using the body as an anten­na and soft­ware to fil­ter the sig­nals, EM-Sense has shown it is pos­si­ble to dis­crim­i­nate reli­ably…

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