VertiGo

No Big Deal Or Anything, But Disney's Robot Can Climb Walls

Disney's research division teamed up with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich to develop a wall-climbing robot.

By Mikah Sargent | December 30, 2015

Because it's always a good idea to have wall-climbing robots ...

"Oh, hell no," said Will Smith in "I, Robot."

... Disney decided it needed one of its own.

And, no, we're not talking about this robot.

"WALL-E," says WALL-E.

Disney's wall-climbing robot is called VertiGo.

It climbs walls with the help of two propellers on its back.

The propellers push the bot against the wall; its wheels do the navigating.

That's different from the lizard-like technology Boston Dynamics used.

Or the suction tech used in the Otto robot from California Polytechnic State University.

Wall-climbing technology of any sort helps robots travel in challenging environments.

So why does Disney need a wall-climbing bot? We're still trying to figure that out.