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Turtle Talk with Crush

 
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steamboatwillie



Joined: 29 Feb 2008
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Location: Los Angeles, CA

PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Turtle Talk with Crush Reply with quote

So I have one question...HOW?

This was absolutely the craziest thing I've seen in interactive entertainment inside the Disney parks.

So to all of you software engineering folks out there, I BEG the question: How is this accomplished?

I can't help but think there's a guy sitting behind the audience ad-libbing a perfect "Crush" impression. But as I understand, (and please forgive my layman terms), this is all some sort of high-tech audio recognition and AI...thing? I'm so confused and so impressed all at the same time. Ahh, I feel like my minds going to explode, I hope someone can lend some insight.

Thank you!
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icandrawem2



Joined: 16 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is indeed a live actor back stage doing improv to answer all the questions the guests can ask...Someone else controls the animated character, which has a list of maneuvers and commands...like he can swim across the screen, flip, point, and do various facial expressions. I imagine the computing power is very great to pull this off in real time. And of course they can see the audience with a camera...That is basically how that works. There was a company at IAAPA last year selling a knock-off version of this.
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DancinBelle



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They might control Crush a little differently, but the Monsters Inc characters are controlled with video game controllers for things like walking around and such.
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steamboatwillie



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh....well that makes sense. Albeit, not the giant leap in AI technology I was hoping for, but nevertheless, the actor was incredibly funny.

Cool, well thanks for answering my question.
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