You don't need a giant budget to scare the living daylights out of somebody — some of the most frightening experiences are done on a shoestring budget. I hope that proves to be the case with Uncanny Valley.
The "uncanny valley" is that creepy Final Fantasy feeling when a robot or CGI character is too dead-eyed to be believable, but too realistic to be cute. Roboticists and animators have long tried to avoid creations that induce this psychological state. But maybe they've been worried about nothing.
Usually, the uncanny valley is something you want to avoid like the plague. But sometimes running head-first into it creates horrifying and gorgeous results.
"That movie sure felt like watching a video game."
The notion of the "Uncanny Valley", where artificial people are more disturbing the closer they come to "reality", has been around for ages. But now, thanks to a research team in San Diego, it's bonafide science.
Based in Tokyo geek mecca Akihabara, Clone Factory is just that: a factory that makes clones.
Supercomputer Watson can best the best of us in Jeopardy, but can it make the games we play at home more challenging and fun?
What makes a virtual face appear alive? According to a recent study published in Psychological Science the eyes are the most important factor in imparting life to the lifeless.
Our first look at L.A. Noire in action included some pretty amazing graphics. Strike that, it included some pretty amazing facial animation.