Disney has proved that imagination is the greatest gift when it comes to creating magic, and leaving your mark in a positive way. Well Disney Research, a branch of The Walt Disney Company, is ready to blow your mind.
Just who is Disney Research you ask? Here is how they describe themselves on their OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
Disney Research is an international network of research labs, with the mission to push the scientific and technological forefront of innovation at The Walt Disney Company.
Disney Research combines the best of academia and industry, by doing both basic and application-driven research. We view publication as a principal mechanism for quality control and encourage engagement with the global research community.
Our research applications are experienced by millions of people. We honor Walt Disney’s legacy by innovating and deploying our innovations on a global scale.
Ok, if we have complete transparency here, we had no idea Disney Research even existed before I saw this car. That being said, I’m glad they are out there.
Disney Research has collaborated with ETH Zurich to come up with a remote controlled car that….can even “drive” on walls. Yep, you read that correctly, “drive” on walls. Called “VertiGO,” this unassuming looking vehicle is quite a revolutionary step toward greater things.
Here is what Disney Research had to say about it and no, it’s not “Disney magic” that enables this vehicle to drive on walls but pure science.
The robot has two tiltable propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, and four wheels. One pair of wheels is steerable, and each propeller has two degrees of freedom for adjusting the direction of thrust. By transitioning from the ground to a wall and back again, VertiGo extends the ability of robots to travel through urban and indoor environments.
The robot is able to move on a wall quickly and with agility. The use of propellers to provide thrust onto the wall ensures that the robot is able to traverse over indentations such as masonry. The choice of two propellers rather than one enables a floor-to-wall transition – 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.
We’ve watched this video several times now and each time we think it’s awesome. Do yourself a favor and follow Disney Research on TWITTER to see what other magical things they have coming up.