Robots that Can Climb Walls are on Their Way
Disney Research firms Zurich and ETH, plan to develop a more versatile drone capable of climbing walls, buildings and just about any surface.
In order for the robot to climb up walls, VertiGo uses two propellers mounted on its back, as well as inner and outer ring of independent moving thrusters, that give the robot its gravity-defying abilities.
The new technology will allow Disney to get some unique camera views, but could provide useful from, washing windows on a sky scraper to monitor individuals in hard to reach places.
The creator’s website claims:
“VertiGo extends the ability of robots to travel through urban and indoor environments. The robot is able to move on a wall quickly and with agility. The use of propellers to provide thrust onto the wall ensures that the robot is able to traverse over indentations such as masonry. The choice of two propellers rather than one enables a floor-to-wall transition – thrust is applied both towards the wall using the rear propeller, and in an upward direction using the front propeller, resulting in a flip onto the wall.”