Speaking of Panzarino, he had another killer feature last week — a behind-the-scenes look at a robotic baby Groot from Disney Imagineering:
And even though the expressive eyes are already impressive — the
team is not done. Up next on the agenda is a sensory package that
allows Kiwi to more fully understand the world around it and to
identify people and their faces. This becomes important because
eye contact is such an emotive and powerful tool to use in
transporting a participant.
Even without the sensing software, I can tell you that the
experience of this 2.5ft Groot locking eyes with me, smiling and
waving was just incredibly transportive. Multiple times throughout
my interaction I completely forgot that it was a robot at all.