29 Dec '15, 4pm

Disney's VertiGo Combines Car, Helicopter to Drive Up Walls

Disney's VertiGo Combines Car, Helicopter to Drive Up Walls

For robots, multimodal is the way to go , when going involves getting to as many places as you possibly can. Designing a robot with the ability to deal with a variety of terrains or conditions usually requires some creativity, and in the past, some of the most creative designs have come from ETH Zurich and Disney Research, like this wall-climbing base-jumping tornado-powered robot called Paraswift . As cool as Paraswift was, since it depended on suction to climb walls, it couldn’t deal with rough surfaces that prevented a solid vacuum seal. This led the Disney Research/ETH team to try something else, and that something else is a new robot called VertiGo, which is a sort of hybrid helicopter-car-thing that can drive on the ground and then transition to climb up vertical walls. A key research problem in the design of VertiGo robot was to maximize the ratio between thrust out...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots...

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