Disney’s Stickman Robot Performs Aerial Acrobatics

By: | May 27th, 2018

Stickman Robot

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We’ve all seen humans perform acrobatics, but how about robots?

Disney’s new Stickman robot is literally a stick built to human scale, capable of throwing a backflip with ease.

In the video below, Stickman swings from a ceiling-mounted wire 19.6 ft. above the ground, before folding itself into a ball midair and executing the stunt.

The Disney Research goal of the Stickman is: “to approximate the height of a human stunt performer with arms raised over his or her head” — although it’s worth noting most gymnasts are nowhere near 7 ft. tall.

Inertial motion sensing, laser rangefinders, and computer vision help the robot be a nifty acrobat.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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