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Disney Creates A Method To Turn Any 3-D Surface Into A Display

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When we imagine displays, we think of computer monitors and smartphone touch screens. They’re basically TVs we stick to things. The idea works well for anything already shaped like a rectangle.  But nothing curved quite works--it becomes a tacky retrofit, as seen in minivans and airline seats.

 

Disney Research has come up with an interesting solution called Printed Optics. It’s a threaded display (basically fiber optics) embedded within an object itself--almost like a circulatory system that moves light rather than blood. Its endpoints create a display of absolutely any shape. Whereas Teddy Ruxpin had a cassette player awkwardly shoved into his back, Disney’s tech could make his whole face into a contoured display.

 

The breakthrough here is that Disney is printing these fiber-optic-like tubes right inside any solid form, via 3-D printing. “No one shape is any harder to make than any other. As long as it can be 3-D printed, it can be made,” project researcher Karl Willis tells Co.Design....

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Jeff Gomez & Fabian Nicieza's 6 Reasons ‘The Avengers’ Is Crushing It At The Box Office

Jeff Gomez & Fabian Nicieza's 6 Reasons ‘The Avengers’ Is Crushing It At The Box Office | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Here's how Disney got it right....


"... #3. Homer, Dante and…Stan Lee! Embracing a Mythos of Our Own


Marvel has an intrinsic understanding that over the past five decades, their characters have become woven into the fabric of a greater global popular culture. The potent combo of licensing and digital technology has made characters like The Hulk and Captain America familiar to street kids in Botswana. Only after these past couple of weeks has the media finally caught up, finally admitting that superheroes have legitimately become our contemporary mythology, just as well-told tales of Greek and Roman gods were the blockbusters of their own epochs...."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-avengers-box-office-success-explained-2012-5#ixzz1v4P9fIHB

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Rich Ross Makes Moves (and Movies) at Disney | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Rich Ross Makes Moves (and Movies) at Disney | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
He is responsible for protecting and growing the Disney brand, encouraging the creation of characters that can be distributed to consumers across a wide array of platforms (movie theaters, television, the web, digital devices, stage, CDs, theme...
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Disney Creates A Method To Turn Any 3-D Surface Into A Display

Disney Creates A Method To Turn Any 3-D Surface Into A Display | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
When we imagine displays, we think of computer monitors and smartphone touch screens. They’re basically TVs we stick to things. The idea works well for anything already shaped like a rectangle.

 

Disney Research has come up with an interesting solution called Printed Optics. It’s a threaded display (basically fiber optics) embedded within an object itself--almost like a circulatory system that moves light rather than blood. Its endpoints create a display of absolutely any shape. Whereas Teddy Ruxpin had a cassette player awkwardly shoved into his back, Disney’s tech could make his whole face into a contoured display.

 

The breakthrough here is that Disney is printing these fiber-optic-like tubes right inside any solid form, via 3-D printing. “No one shape is any harder to make than any other. As long as it can be 3-D printed, it can be made,” project researcher Karl Willis tells Co.Design....

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The Avengers As "9/11 Revenge Fantasy"

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The problem with superhero movies....

 

'Even as popular culture becomes increasingly geekified, it's still fairly easy to find examples of mainstream cultural criticism that curls its lip in disgust at anything vaguely associated with fantasy or science fiction.

New Yorker film critic Richard Brody's latest effort, however, represents a welcome exception to that snobbish trend...'

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