Disney Has Developed An Algorithm That Can Turn Any Object Into A Top

Disney Has Developed An Algorithm That Can Turn Any Object Into A Top

Researchers with Disney Research Zurich have developed a method for turning any three-dimensional object into an optimized (i.e. ideally weighted) object that can spin uniformly about a vertically oriented axis. It's very, very cool to see in action, as the following video clearly shows.

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Disney researchers create impossible spinning tops.

Disney researchers create impossible spinning tops.

As the article points out, the algorithm Disney research developed could have some quite far reaching practical applications for things like robotics and animatronics, but at the very least we'll be able to get a spinning top of the ballet hippo from Fantasia...

Disney researchers create impossible spinning tops.

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