Disney’s new car-like robot is an air-propelled hybrid helicopter car that can climb walls and ceilings. Like other rolling drones for kids, VertiGo is remote controlled and can deal with a variety of terrains. It will work on smooth surfaces like glass, masonry like brick, rough surfaces like trees, and even surfaces that are curved. The toy bot has four wheels and two propellers, allowing it to smoothly transition from floor to wall. The rear propeller gives the bot horizontal thrust while the front propeller allows it to move upwards.
The VertiGo bot vehicle is exceptionally light. It’s made with 3-D printed parts, “a two-ringed Cardan Suspension,” and other high-tech components. And remarkably, a pair of movable propellers power its wall climbing stunts. It is made of a lightweight carbon fiber frame, two independently-tilting propellers, and four 3D-printed wheels which drives on the ground and climbs up walls. These four wheels are unpowered: all of VertiGo’s incredible power comes from two steerable propellers, which can direct thrust along both pitch and roll axes. The machine also features two infrared sensors, allowing it to accurately assess its environment.
Could Disney’s new VertiGo Spiderman robot be a hot new holiday toy for 2016? Possibly, we could easily imagine some VertiGo climbing robots with lights on them zipping around floors and walls.
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