Amazing Stunt Robots Will Play High-Flying Heroes for Disney
The Disneyland Parks may be closed right now, but they’ve got some amazing stuff in the works. For the yet to be opened Avengers Campus, Disney is working on “stuntronics” — animatronic robots that will perform aerial maneuvers.
In the patent, they’re called “ballistic animatronics.” They’re robots that get shot up in the air, do some acrobatic maneuvers, and then fall back down to earth, which is perfect for Spider-Man.
Briefly, systems and corresponding control methods (or “ballistic animatronics”) are described herein that provide a ballistic robot that flies on a trajectory after being released (e.g., in non-powered flight as a ballistic body or projectile) from a launch or propulsion mechanism. The ballistic robot is adapted to control its position and/or inflight movements by processing data from onboard and offboard sensors and by issuing well-timed control signals to one or more onboard actuators to achieve an inflight controlled motion. The actuators may move an appendage such as an arm or leg of the robot or may alter the configuration of one or more body links (e.g., to change from an untucked configuration to a tucked configuration (or from tucked to untucked), while other embodiments may trigger a drive mechanism of an inertia moving assembly to change/move the moment of inertia of the flying body.
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