Disney continues to innovate
The guys at Disney have been putting together this impressive piece of software that allows them to develop animated mechanical characters. It’s quite amazing the way you can draw some paths for objects to follow and a optimal gear system is generated to bring that motion to life.
“Given an articulated character as input, the user iteratively creates an animation by sketching motion curves indicating how different parts of the character should move”
They do a better job of explaining the process behind this technique so read it for yourself.