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Adobe's Project Sweet Talk makes portraits come alive โ€“ TechCrunch

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One of the most interesting sessions at Adobe MAX is traditionally the Sneaks keynote, where engineers from the company's various units show off their most cutting-edge work. These days, a lot of the work focuses on AI, often based on the Adobe Sensei platform. This year, the company gave us an early look at Project Sweet Talk, one of the featured sneaks of tonight's event. The idea here is pretty straightforward, but hard to pull off: take a portrait, either a drawing or a painting, identify the different parts of the face, then animate the mouth in sync with a voice-over. Today, Adobe's Character Animator (which you may have seen on shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) does some of that, but it's limited in the number of animations, and the result, even in the hands of the best animators, doesn't always look all that realistic (as far as that's possible for the kind of drawings you animate in the product).


California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

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'Voltron: Legendary Defender' roars back to life on Netflix, more colorful and still cheesy

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In its quest to conquer as much of the universe as the wires will reach, Netflix has engaged DreamWorks Animation in a revival of the 1980s space-robot franchise, now titled "Voltron: Legendary Defender," whose 13 episodes go live to binge or not to binge Friday. They've slapped on a fresh coat of digital paint, turned up the sound and assembled a cast that includes Steven Yeun, Tyler Labine, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Rhys Darby, familiar from the live-action world, along with Jeremy Shada (the voice of Finn on "Adventure Time"), Kimberly Brooks and Josh Keaton, whom you are as of yet more likely to have heard, in cartoons or video games, than seen. Does it better its predecessor? Your cherished memories aside, that is a bar set low. So, yes, it does better by them โ€“ by quite a lot and, at the same time significantly, not by too much.


First look: Netflix's 'Voltron' builds a better giant robot

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The first teaser trailer for the Netflix animated series "Voltron: Legendary Defender." Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos are the creative team behind Netflix's "Voltron: Legendary Defender." The mechanized lions of Voltron are roaring back to life. The popular 1980s cartoon fantasy franchise with one really cool giant robot is being introduced to a new generation with the Netflix's animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, the first 13 22-minute episodes will drop on June 10.