Robots can do wonders! Now robots can also fly. Hard to believe but this time Disney has added this new technology to its hat which would turn robots would into stuntmen, performing aerial stunts consistently with zero risks of death.
The latest report from Tech Crunch have already declared about the widespread development it has created in the field of animatronics. To know more, these are the lifelike, mostly the static robots, designed to entertain the crowds at Disney theme parks and resorts. Instances are found in the grog-swilling pirates carousing in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, or the recently unveiled Na’vi in the new Pandora: The World of Avatar attraction.
Now, in addition, a new breed of animatronics is quite pushing the limits of robot engineering. Following the company’s Stickman project, Disney’s engineers are now focused on building humanoid robots designed to take part in aerial stunts. This technology works with the help of laser guiding and built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes, where these robots adjust their position in mid-air, nailing that perfect superhero flight pose.
Disney hasn’t really clarified that wherein it’s theme parks these robots would end up. Here, Morgan Pope, an associate research scientist at Disney, added that animatronic robots often fall into the “uncanny valley”, i.e. that awkward position of being neither fully realistic or obviously fake. However here Pope also stated that once one is launched off a swing, that all goes away.
Pope in fact also stated that “When you’re flying through the air, you can have a little bit of function and you can produce a lot of stuff that looks pretty good, because of this really neat physics opportunity. You’ve got these beautiful kinds of parabolas and sine waves that just kind of fall out of rotating and spinning through the air in ways that are hard for people to predict, but that look fantastic.