STATES CHRONICLE – Besides producing movies and having the most magical amusement parks in the world, apparently Disney developed a robot that climbs walls.
The Disney Co. is famous for creating the most popular animated movies and characters which are loved not only by children but also by adults everywhere around the world. Recently, they also bought the Star Wars franchise and they keep us entertained with great themed parks.
However, it looks like the tech fever took over Disney as well, and while giant tech companies are fighting for first place in the field with giant robot dogs or self-driving cars, Disney created a tiny robot that can climb walls. For those of you who didn’t know, Disney has a research branch in Zurich. The robot was developed together with the university ETH Zurich.
You surely remember having a radio-controlled car when you were little and you’ve also seen how in time, these toy cars have developed a lot and have become more and more powerful, allowing you to steer them at will. Some of them boasted of being able to climb walls, but as you know after assuming a vertical position they would soon fall over. This is rather disappointing but given they are just toy cars, we accept such predicaments.
The little robot is called VertiGo and thanks to a pair of propellers it can easily make a transition from ground to wall. The propellers are tilted and located in the back and in the front of the machine. It also has two steerable wheels as well as two infrared sensors located at the front that helps it orient in space. Otherwise, the robot can be operated similarly to a usual radio-controlled car. The difference is the robot won’t fall on its back after trying to climb the wall.
So, the big question that pops up in everyone’s mind is whether this is the new toy of the future. It definitely represents a great improvement to the common toy cars and could make a real breakthrough on the market. With Christmas being over, we’re thinking that next Christmas VertiGo might become the most wanted gift.
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