Thursday, September 04, 2003

Autonomous dinosaur

This new Disney dinosaur fascinates me:

This article offers several other photos. This article also has a nice description.

Disney has had animatronic creatures (e.g. the bears in Country Bear Jamboree) and animatronic people (e.g. the presidents of the United States) for decades, but this is Disney's first free-standing animatronic creature that can walk around the park and interact with visitors. The power supply is contained within the dinosaur and he is operated by two people through a wireless connection.

This is Disney's first try with free-standing animatronic creatures. It is safe to say that there will be many others. How long before you can visit a robotic Jurassic Park filled with extremely realistic, fully autonomous, actual-size T Rexes and Raptors?

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