Stunt robot to perform for crowd at Disney theme parks like a Superhero.
Have you seen stunt man performing mind blowing acrobatic stunts in air, well Walt Disney is making a humanoid robot that can do the same to entertain its crowd in Disney theme park or we might see them in future superhero movies.
Disney’s new prototype animatronic robots takes to the air. Credit: TechCrunch
TechCrunch reports that Disney’s Imagineering R&D department started considering that fact in recent years as the theme park animatronics its known for began struggling to keep pace with what audiences expect from the growing roster of characters under the Disney umbrella.
This Journey started from a research experiment called Stickman – a simple two degree of freedom robot that uses a gravity-driven pendulum launch and produces a variety of somersaulting stunts.
Disney Stickman performing acrobatic stunts | via: Techcrunch
Stuntronics on other hand is designed to take part in aerial stunts. Using a laser guiding and built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes, these robots adjust their position in mid-air, nailing that perfect superhero flight pose.
According to TechCrunch, the robots could be used in attractions and shows at Disney land parks, standing in for more delicate animatronics, which could not withstand being flung through the sky.
“What this is about is the realisation we came to after seeing where our characters are going on screen – whether they be Star Wars characters, or Pixar characters, or Marvel characters or our own animation characters – is that they’re doing all these things that are really, really active,” Tony Dohi, an associate research scientist at Disney, told the publication.
Youtube video demonstrating Stuntronics in Brief | via TechCrunch
“And so that becomes the expectation our park guests have that our characters are doing all these things on screen – but when it comes to our attractions, what are our animatronic figures doing? We realised we have kind of a disconnect here.“
Disney has not released exact date when we might see these robot performance in action, but in future we might see it posing like Captain America performing stunts from 40 feet height like a superhero.