This is really, really, really impressive. The folks at Disney Research Zurich have just unveiled what they call a "new physical face cloning method" that allows them to fabricate an artificial human face (for use with an animatronics model) at mind-blowing levels of detail. The modeling methods are incredibly precise, the fabrication process painstakingly exact. Details as fine as individual wrinkles are modeled from a living, breathing human being and mapped onto unnervingly convincing synthetic skin. The final result is one of the most convincing robotic clones we've ever seen; if advances like this are any indication, the days of uncanny valley-dom could well be nearing their end.
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