Category Archives: Miscellaneous

New character-animation hotness from Adobe

Formerly known as “Project Puppetron” (see previous re: the underlying tech), Adobe’s new Characterizer will soon be part of Character Animator CC:

You will be able to bring original art into Character Animator, record a series of sounds and facial expressions, and Characterizer will generate a new unique character… In a matter of seconds, you have a completely unique puppet that’s ready for your performance, regardless of your previous animation experience.

Here’s a quick tour from my buddy Dave:

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Meanwhile After Effects is adding some fun new chops to its puppeting toolset:

[YouTube 1 & 2]

Google Assistant goes bilingual

Days of miracles & wonder, man.

I’ve certainly found our Home devices handy when helping our boys with their Spanish homework.

Family members in bilingual homes often switch back and forth between languages, and now the Assistant can keep up. With our advancement in speech recognition, you can now speak two languages interchangeably with the Assistant on smart speakers and phones and the Assistant will respond in kind. This is a first-of-its-kind feature only available on the Assistant and is part of our multi-year effort to make your conversations with the Assistant more natural.

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Absolute witchcraft: AI synthesizes dance moves, entire street scenes

This 💩 is 🍌🍌🍌, B-A-N-A-N-A-S: This Video-to-Video Synthesis tech apparently can take in one dance performance & apply it to a recording of another person to make her match the moves:

It can even semantically replace entire sections of a scene—e.g. backgrounds in a street scene: 

Now please excuse me while I lie down for a bit, as my brain is broken.

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[YouTube 1 & 2] [Via Tyler Zhu]

SnotBot FTWhales! 🚁🐳

Hah—brilliant: SnotBot is a hexacopter drone covered in petri dishes that collects whale exhalations for science:

Popular Science explains:

Whale snot, it turns out, is packed with DNA, viruses, hormones, and microbes—all incredibly useful things to a variety of scientists.

Typically, marine biologists employ the same techniques that failed Kerr: A motorboat equipped with long sticks and modified crossbows to collect whale biopsies. But Kerr hopes these flying research robots will soon change that.

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[YouTube 1 & 2]