If you walked into a Disneyland building and saw flying dragon, you'd probably assume that some wirework and robotics were responsible. But if you then stepped outside, looked up at the night sky and saw a flying, fire-breathing dragon, then you might start worrying.
At SIGGRAPH 2012, there's an entire room dedicated to Emerging Technologies. "Emerging" might be a bit hasty: most of the stuff on display here is so new and bizarre that nobody has any idea what to do with it. If anything, this only adds to the awesomeness, and one of the weirdest things on display (by far) was this system from Disney research for tactile interaction with cyborg plants.
As a kid, riding on the Space Mountain roller coaster was a watershed moment. It started my life-long love of imitations of what space might be like, and of roller coasters. I've probably ridden it hundreds of times. So imagine my surprise when I learned a few behind-the-scenes goodies about "the Mountain."
If you've never been, one of the greatest Star Wars gift shops in the world is actually in Disney World. It's right there waiting for you as you walk off of Star Tours. Said awesome gift shop is about to get a little awesomer with a build-a-bear-style kiosk that'll let you customize your very own astromech droid.
We were only barely aware that Disney Research even existed, but entirely out of left field it's come up with a simple yet sophisticated implementation of capacitive touch sensing that's one of the coolest tech demos we've seen in a very long time.
All aboard the YouTube movie rental train! Disney's the newest YouTube movie passenger and its bringing a handful of classic movies in exchange for a small fee.
Ever wonder what working at Disney's Pixar Studios is like? The NYT's Melena Ryzik was granted a rare video tour of the famed animation house and the HQ looks incredible!
C'mon, we all know that Hulu is too good to be true. It's a site run by three of the biggest names in broadcast television — namely NBC, Fox and Disney — and as such the companies are always split...
Love it or fall asleep during it, Tron made sports and racing look super slick by slapping a bunch of neon all over everything. Sony Ericsson decided to have a go at it, decking out a tennis court, the rackets,...
"Magic Highway USA" is a Disney cartoon that aired back in 1958 and showed the kind of good ol' fashioned future that was all the rage back then. What did people have to look forward to? Color-coded and air...