Apparently Disney does more than buy movie franchises like Star Wars. It’s also in the business of creating physics-bending robots.
That’s right. Disney announced Tuesday that Disney Research Zurich, along with ETH, an engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university, has developed a robot that can climb walls.
It’s called VertiGo and it’s capable of making a near-seamless transition from the ground to climbing a wall. It’s capable of mind-boggling wall riding thanks to a pair of tiltable propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, effectively sucking it against the vertical surface.
“Thrust is applied both towards the wall using the rear propeller, and in an upward direction using the front propeller, resulting in a flip onto the wall,” according to a press release.
With two steerable wheels, the VertiGo is operated as easily as a common radio-controlled car. However, unlike your childhood RC car, this one has two infrared distance sensors mounted up front to estimate its orientation in space.