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These interactive toys with expressive eyes represent the future of how toys will be made. The brain child of Disney Research and Carnegie Melon, Papillon created the 3-dimensional printed eyeball that animates graphics where eyes would be. In the past, toy eyes have been made of glass. According to project leader Ivan Poupyrev, “Making eyes has always been a problem, and eyes are the most important element in face-to-face communication.”
This innovation in interactive toy design may seem simple, but it’s believed that this is only the beginning. Mark Rolston, Frog’s chief creative officer, said we can expect a face made from a curved display in the next five years. This will revolutionize not only the design of toys, but how we interact with things in the future.