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WATCH: Disney creates life-like animatronic Na’vi for Walt Disney World attraction

/ 08:46 PM July 23, 2017

Maybe someone was controlling its movements in the background but this is definitely not computer-generated. This animatronic Na’vi shaman, inspired by the movie “Avatar,” can be found singing to guests of the Na’vi River Journey ride at “Pandora – The World of Avatar” inside the Orlando Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

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During the “TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics” event in Boston, Massachusetts, the skin was peeled from a prototype of the animatronic alien to reveal a complex device full of many small parts working in unison to create believable facial expressions.

Image: YouTube/TechCrunch

The animatronic Na’vi is by far the most advanced creation by Disney. The company has been building animatronic creations as far back as 1963.

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Here’s the animatronic Na’vi in its spot on the River Journey ride. Apart from a few sudden hitches, its overall movements are smooth and almost life-like.

If engineers can incorporate this kind of fluid movements to a fully mobile body and then pair it with an artificial intelligence, the human race could finally give birth to the android race as so popularly depicted in science fiction. /ra

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