The workforce at Disney Analysis by no means fails to ship fascinating (if not at all times notably helpful) experiments. Take Stickman. The robotic is actually one lengthy limb, able to some cool acrobatic maneuvers.
The system, detailed in a brand new paper from DR titled “In direction of a Human Scale Acrobatic Robotic,” has two levels of freedom and a pendulum it makes use of to launch itself within the air after swinging on a rope. The comparatively easy robotic tucks and folds, somersaulting within the air earlier than touchdown on the padding beneath.
These aerials are executed courtesy of a built-in laser vary finder and 6 axis inertial measurement unit (a mixture gyroscope/accelerometer), which calculate its place in-flight and alter its positioning accordingly.
“Stickman emulates the habits of human performers utilizing a really restricted set of sensing and actuation capabilities,” the workforce writes within the paper. “It is ready to efficiently carry out a number of completely different somersaulting stunts by altering preliminary orientation and the timing of tuck, launch, and untuck.”
The workforce says it’s going to proceed experimenting with the robotic, in an try to create extra advanced stunts down the highway. No phrase on future plans past that, however for this headless acrobat of a robotic, the sky, it appears, is the restrict.