Wall-Climbing Robot

H/T: Disney Research

There are remote-controlled cars, and then VertiGo, a wall-climbing robot capable of transitioning from the ground to wall modes in seconds. This amazing bot was created in collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and ETH. It sports two tilting propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, and four wheels. One pair of wheels is steerable, and each propeller has two degrees of freedom for adjusting the direction of thrust. The robot is able to traverse over indentations such as masonry, thanks to the propellers providing thrust. “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,” said the team. Click here to view the first image in this week’s geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a modern Empire Strikes Back trailer that will want to make you watch it again.