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Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney is doing a lot more than 3D-printing fabric. Disney Research Labs have created smartphone accessories called "acoustruments" that can control your smartphone by playing the instrument-like accessories. These little ultrasonic instruments attach to the base of a smartphone and the manipulations of sound can be interpreted like toggles and switches for the smartphone, like pressing a camera shutter in the above photo. The idea is based on the principles of wind instruments like slide whistles and The Legend of Zelda's ocarina.

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Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

Disney’s prototype 3D printer makes things from soft fabric

As the 3D printing boom continues, there's one thing that is almost always the same: objects are printed from rigid plastic. How are we supposed to print soft, plushy things like stuffed animals from that kind of material? Well, the folks at Disney Research are way ahead of you, as their new prototype 3D printer is able to produce flexible things made from fabric. Instead of normal 3D printers that use plastic, adding portions of the material in specific spots, Disney's machine cuts shapes in sheets of fabric, which are then layered on top each other.

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Star Wars behind the scenes: The Live Motion Capture Future

Star Wars behind the scenes: The Live Motion Capture Future

Today we're taking a peek at how Star Wars is being made. The creation process, you'll find, isn't all that different from how video games are made. Video games like Star Wars 1313. Even though J.J. Abrams has assured the public time and time again that practical effects are king in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we've got reason to believe that this doesn't necessarily mean that everything is as it seems --here we'll also be explaining why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Star Wars 1313 isn’t dead yet

Star Wars 1313 isn’t dead yet

A massive-scale 3rd-person action game called "Star Wars 1313" was "canceled" when Disney acquired Lucasfilm - now that game's remnants may be fueling The Force Awakens. Not just a new video game, reworked and retooled for a more film-friendly title, but for the first film in the new trilogy, as well. The game bit we'll be discussing in short today - the movie part of this equation we'll be saving for when we've got more details from Lucasfilm. Today's details involve Amy Hennig, Todd Stashwick, and the transfer of writing power from the Uncharted series to Star Wars 1313.

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Frozen 2 announced by Disney

Frozen 2 announced by Disney

It's officially time to start preparing for Frozen 2. While Elsa hasn't confirmed her return to the role, Olaf and Anna have - Disney has confirmed that development is really, actually underway. This comes after denial from directors / writers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck suggesting that there's no sequel - none so far - now Disney has confirmed the inevitable. This bit of information came in the same Disney shareholders call that gave us information about Star Wars VIII and Star Wars Rogue One, two more full-powered Star Wars movies on the way.

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Disney MagicBands wearable tech lets you explore Disney in a new way

Disney MagicBands wearable tech lets you explore Disney in a new way

In light of the recent Apple Watch unveiling, let's take a look at another wearable that is flying under the radar, specifically in Orlando. Florida's Disney World offers a lot to make it the "happiest place on earth." Recently, the park has been using its own wearable Disney MagicBands to create a new way for guests to interact with their Disney surroundings. They come in various colors with collectible straps so that everyone in your family should not only enjoy wearing MagicBands, but they will forget that they are actually wearing a smart device.

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Netflix announces new CGI Inspector Gadget and more kids programming

Netflix announces new CGI Inspector Gadget and more kids programming

Adult children of the 1980's rejoice. Inspector Gadget is back in March 2015! Netflix has announced their new children's programming lineup. It is adding five new shows including remakes and original content to their latest kids programming announcement. Gadget won't be back in is faded, flat color scheme as you remember him. This is a CGI Inspector Gadget series. Netflix is also creating a remake of the British spy cartoon Dangermouse. Also new to Netflix are the shows Bottersnikes and Gumbles, Super 4, and Some Assembly Required.

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Steven Spielberg interested in directing Indiana Jones reboot with Chris Pratt

Steven Spielberg interested in directing Indiana Jones reboot with Chris Pratt

There has been talk for some time now among the Hollywood rumor mill of a reboot of the Indiana Jones movies ever since Disney bought the full rights to the franchise in 2013. In addition, there has been buzz for the last few weeks about how rising star actor Chris Pratt would be a perfect fit to fill the shoes of the character famously played by Harrison Ford. Now it appears, according to Deadline, that Steven Spielberg has voiced an interest in directing such a film, should it come to fruition.

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Elsa’s Sparking Ice Castle LEGO Review

Elsa’s Sparking Ice Castle LEGO Review

At long last, LEGO's mini-dolls collection of brick sets gets its day in the sun with Frozen. Here we're having a peek at Elsa's Sparking Ice Castle, a set you're only going to find in the pink-colored aisle of your local department store's toy section. While this environment is generally limited to hair salons, restaurants, gardens, houses, and pools, this set brings the heat with a tower made of ice. It comes with unique pieces, shiny stickers, and Olaf the snowman.

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Star Wars standalone flick eyeing Felicity Jones as lead

Star Wars standalone flick eyeing Felicity Jones as lead

We've known for a while that Disney is planning to introduce standalone Star Wars movies, and last summer word surfaced that one of those movies will be directed by Josh Trank. Also on board as director for a standalone Star Wars film is Gareth Edwards, and tipped to star as the female lead for his movie in particular is Felicity Jones, perhaps best known at the moment for her role in The Theory of Everything and the new movie True Story.

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