Disney introduces a new type of animated puppet for use in their live shows. The figure is named “Otto,” and the technology is called autoanimatronics. Otto can hear and see guests interacting with him, so he can respond to the audience appropriately. The figure can also sense the mood of the guests and tell how many people are in the audience:
Autonomatronics technology is different from Audio-Animatronics technology. Audio-Animatronics technology repeats a pre-programmed show over and over again. Autonomatronics technology is driven by sophisticated cameras and sensors giving Otto the ability to make choices about what to say and do.