As if robotic mules and robot space men weren’t enough, now it seems we have a robot that is able to scale large building without pulling a muscle. Disney creates a wall-scaling robot in order to show us what robotics is all about.
The petite drone is so versatile and so skillful in th art of climbing that it is even capable of putting Alain Robert out of business. According to its makers, VertiGo (the name of the scaling robot), is capable of hanging on and climbing onto any surface. The drone can climb glass structure, trees and even rugged masonry.
VertiGO represents the collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and the Swiss Institute of Technology from Zurich. Earlier this years, Disney’s Swiss branch unveiled another project involving wall-scaling robots.
Paraswift was the name of that project and it involved a tiny robot that was able to scale up a tall building using a set of suction cups.
Their newest project entitles VertiGo is entirely different from Paraswift. Instead of using suction cups in order to stick to a wall, VertiGo uses a set of high-power propellers. The propellers ensure that the drone sticks to the wall and that it isn’t in danger of falling.
Also, the two high-power propellers ensure that the drone can make the transition from the horizontal position to the vertical position. As explained by its makers, before hitting a scalable surface, the device uses its back propeller In order to gain speed. Upon reaching a surface, the front propeller ensures that the device has enough force in order to flip vertically.
Once the device is stuck to the wall, the robot uses one set of propellers in order to steer, while the other to keep the device vertical and also to ensure that the robot doesn’t loose speed. Each set of propellers has several degrees of movement, thus ensuring that the device won’t tip off the wall once it encounters an obstacle.
Disney creates a wall-scaling robot, but it has yet to disclose the robot’s applications. It is very likely that the drone can be used in virtually any area of study. Even the army could make use of such a device, that is resilient enough to travel across any type of terrain in order to perform recon mission.
The researchers were able to create this robot by using a new technology called central carbon fibres breastplate, which features extra-light materials. Also, the robot’s makers declared that most of the parts were fashioned using a 3-D printer.