Disney’s New Patent Application Suggests Free-Roaming Robots in Theme Parks of the Future

Published by , April 10, 2017 12:19 pm

(Fortune) Disney’s recent patent application suggests Disney may be preparing the groundwork for integrating free-roaming robots into its theme parks. The bot would not be static animatronics, but roaming bots that would potentially come into physical contact with visitors in its theme parks.
The patent filing by Disney is for a soft-bodied robot adapted for physical interaction “with humans and, particularly, with children.” Along with its padded body, the robot would incorporate sensors and control software intended “for reducing impacts on collision during human interaction.”

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