Disney won’t settle for just animating a relatively realistic beard with their new projects. No, they are going to model every single beard hair. A video recently surfaced showing a newly developed system that can analyze and reproduce even the most magnificent of beards with unprecedented accuracy. Via Popular Science:
By using a coupled algorithm that detects and records skin and hair data at the same time (but can also differentiate between them) the researchers demonstrate the ability to reconstruct a person’s facial stylings–be it patchy stubble or a full beard–down to the hair.
The Disney research team even released a video of their new method in action, an eerily silent presentation of the insane precision of their tools. The side by side comparisons of the various models and their 3D modeled skin masks show that the beards, true to the “hair by hair” promise, are essentially identical.