Papillon: Disney Research Pittsburgh
"PAPILLON is a technology for 3D printing highly expressive animated eyes for interactive characters, robots and toys. Expressive eyes are essential in any form of face-to-face communication and designing them has been a critical challenge in robotics, as well as in interactive character and toy development. Crucially, the traditional animatroncis approach is not applicable to fictional characters from animated movies, comics and cartoons whose eye expressions are non-realistic, highly exaggerated and can take any size and shape to communicate a character’s emotions and intentions, e.g. “dollar signs” for greed or a “heart” for romance." - Eric Brockmeyer
During my time as a Lab Associate at Disney Research Pittsburgh I was able to work on many projects, the work featured here is a selection from Papillon by Erik Brockmeyer and Ivan Poupyrev. Moshe Mahler, Jonna Dauner, Yuri Suzuki and myself joined the research team for the design and production of the 2013 SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies installation. Moshe and I were primarily responsible for helping craft installation's narrative as well as creating engaging characters to showcase the projects technology.