Today at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, Josh D’Amaro (Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman) showcased several peeks and teases into Disney’s upcoming projects in the works and in development. During the presentation titled “Creating Happiness: The Art & Science of Disney Parks Storytelling” details were shared for a brand-new type of prototype robot.
Promising to continue in the legacy of pushing boundaries of what characters can do in Disney experiences, the new robot demonstrated its ability to make dynamic maneuvers, including falling down and getting back up, as well as a somersault.
The dynamic robot incorporates motion-capture data to create performances that evoke emotion, giving Disney Imagineers a new way to bring out a characters’ personality. The concept is an evolution, of sorts, of the Spider-Man stuntronic that would eventually be seen in action at Avengers Campus.