Disney’s Wall Climbing Robot

Disney's Wall Climbing Robot

By: Justin Cudney

Disney’s Research Division has created one of the first wall climbing robots. VertiGo can transition from ground, to wall, to ground again. Instead of using motors to turn its wheels, it uses propellers to move forward. This allows it to have some thrust against the wall, allowing it to stick. Its front two wheels are steerable, and the fans allow it to rotate on the Y-Axis.

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The engineers at Disney had to try many times to get this robot working, and most of the time they failed. But they kept changing their idea when they failed, and eventually got this amazing robot out of it. This is a prime example of the Engineering Design Process.