Disney Animatronics Robots to Perform Aerial Stunts

Published by , July 2, 2018 1:02 pm

(TheVerge)  Disney has already made advances in the field of animatronics around their signature lifelike, usually static robots, that are designed to entertain the crowds at Disney theme parks and resorts. Now they have designed a new breed of animatronics–humanoid robots designed to take part in aerial stunts. With the help of laser guiding and built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes, these robots adjust their position in mid-air.
Morgan Pope, an associate research scientist at Disney, “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,” says Pope. “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.”

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