We have already seen Boston Dynamics robots perform, dance and do different jobs. And although they put some smiles on us, it did not compare to the charm of the new Disney robot.
A robot that makes no one less than Great. Yes, your kids will be fascinated by this new Disney project.
Disney shows a Big Robot running, and even dancing
As TC mentions, this new robot is part of Disney Imagineering Research & Development’s Kiwi project. Through this robotics platform, they have worked for three years to develop this robot that can move and perform various movements.
The idea is that you can emulate different characters and superheroes. In this presentation, shared by Disney via TechCrunch, the robot can be seen in the charming role of Groot. The first part of the video shows a small summary of the progress over the last 3 years, but if you do not want to lose the charm and see Great, you can play it from 41 seconds.
As you can see in the video, it is not a robot that stays fixed or makes a few programmed movements, but moves almost naturally while moving its arms and balancing its body. And when you look at it, all the details are taken into account with the characterization of Great, both in physical appearance, clothing and even in the expression of the eyes.
While the result is stunning and may elicit a few smiles, there is a lot of work to be done to develop this robot to make it natural and reproduce some established behaviors. It measures about 60 cm, has built-in speakers to communicate with people and has a battery that gives about 45 minutes of autonomy.
Imagine this Great as other robots representing different characters interacting with people in Disney theme parks as if they were real. That’s the idea behind this Walt Disney Imagination project, which’s still going on.