Your Childhood Was Lame: Tops Don't Have to Be Round Anymore

Sure, the baby doll that closed her eyes when you held her horizontally was kind of cool. But she’s not much competition for a break-dancing armadillo.
Researchers at Disney Research Zurich—who normally work on computer graphics, video manipulation, and animation—recently took a spin in the physical world instead. Along with researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, they developed an algorithm that can take any solid 3D object and turn it into a top.
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