Behind-The-Scenes Of Spy In The Wild

By Kristy Rice Jan 23, 2017

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Animatronic Innovation

The series, which already airs on the BBC but will be coming to PBS for Americans February first, uses ridiculously realistic animal animatronics with 'camera' eyes to observe, record, and interact with different species—including an orangutan, a crocodile, a tortoise, a young Langur monkey, a cobra, a hippo, and a sloth, among others.

The Eyes Have It

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“They’re not just cameras in the eyes any more, we’re literally making eyeballs out of cameras now,” explains producer Rob Pilley, “You strip the camera down and build the eyeball around it. It’s a fascinating process.”
But the eyes aren't the only amazing thing about these marvels of modern robotics: the crocodile walks and swims like the real deal.
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Source: Pbs | Pbs | Fstoppers | Thesun
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