Disney Made A Wall-Climbing Robot

Betauser

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That's actually cool. Wonder if it could do same on ceiling. I'd buy that rather overpriced BB-8
 

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Huh...at first I thought it isn't climbing but, that's based on the assumption that to climb you have to be holding onto the ground. This thing just uses air pressure from non-traditional propulsion system to make it "stick" to the wall. Doubt it can handle going across a ceiling, I imagine if the fans are powerful enough to do that, the thing could just fly...and that makes it a flying drone with giant wheels.
 

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Huh...at first I thought it isn't climbing but, that's based on the assumption that to climb you have to be holding onto the ground. This thing just uses air pressure from non-traditional propulsion system to make it "stick" to the wall. Doubt it can handle going across a ceiling, I imagine if the fans are powerful enough to do that, the thing could just fly...and that makes it a flying drone with giant wheels.

Or it could be more about Energy conservation, it may have the lift potential to stick to the cieling, but rolling along the ground uses a lot less power improving battery life over sustained flight.

So it could potentially roll along a ceiling inverted if it needs too to get around an obstacle. While not being capable of actual flight.

It also requires less balance to move along a ceiling or wall, than sustained flight so center of mass and lift fan locations are less important.
 

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As an engineer -- this is pretty fucking cool. There's a lot going on here with this device -- a lot of cool stuff :)
 

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Pretty cool, kinda surprise Steve didn't go about his robot killing human tirade.
 

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The skyscraper window cleaner syndicate has met their match.
 

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What does Disney need this for? Its cool, but what practical use?
 

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Probably for practical effects. Although CGI will continue getting better, you still run into that uncanny valley.
 

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Huh...at first I thought it isn't climbing but, that's based on the assumption that to climb you have to be holding onto the ground. This thing just uses air pressure from non-traditional propulsion system to make it "stick" to the wall. Doubt it can handle going across a ceiling, I imagine if the fans are powerful enough to do that, the thing could just fly...and that makes it a flying drone with giant wheels.

Not quite, it only has two fans. It may be able to pin itself against the ceiling, but not actually have a stable flight. It needs one more fan for xy control mid-air.
 

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Not quite, it only has two fans. It may be able to pin itself against the ceiling, but not actually have a stable flight. It needs one more fan for xy control mid-air.

It already has control on the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) axis, it needs Z axis (Depth/rotate) control. That can be done by modifying the exist fans to rotate on Z or, like you said, an additional fan oriented horizontally to push the "tail" end on the Z axis.
 
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