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#MW2014 Eric Brockmeyer of Disney Research keynote



First keynote about to start.

‘Trying to make magical experiences. Everything we do requires a story. Work is technology driven but has to be pitched as a story.’

Mix of engineers, scientists and artists working together.

Sub idea is to make everything interactive.

1. Make objects listen.
Created a sensor to recognise gestures. ‘Moving the input away from the mouse and keyboard’.
Stumbled upon the most interesting application for it as plants. That’s also great Disney story – talking inanimate objects, plants etc.
It didn’t start with the talking plants story.

2. Giving voice to objects
Add touch sensation to objects. People touching objects eg. a painting using conductive paint gave the person touching it different sensations at different points. Made hidden recordings playable by touching a persons ear.

3. Make air talk
Ended up with a way to, as an example, make curtains ripple during a scary film or papers move by themselves across a desk.

4. Make light talk
Controllable shadows such as boxing characters.
Collaborative gaming environment.

5. Make interactive devices rapidly
3d printed chess pieces. Touch surface screen and embedded cameras.


Written by sarahhartley

April 3rd, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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