BRINGING HEROES TO LIFE
Heroes don’t travel like average people. They have fantastic vehicles, innovative equipment and super-human capabilities. Sure, sometimes they might choose to walk from point A to point B. But other times, they fly.
Imagineers developed “Stuntronics” to enable that superhuman flight through the thoughtful and innovative application of technology. This project combines advanced robotics with the exploration of untethered dynamic movement to create realistic aerial stunts that would be humanly impossible. That means when you watch the Stuntronics figure soar through the air, you’ll have a hard time believing your eyes.
When heroes fly, they do so with both style and expertise. The Stuntronics figure is no exception. Onboard sensing equips the figure to perform a variety of combinations of flips, twists and poses with repeatability and precision. Quintuple backward somersault with a tucked landing? No problem. Any hero would approve.
Angular Momentum and Motion Control
But heroes aren’t usually born, they’re made. The notion of stunt-double animatronics started with attempts to control the landing of a launched figure. Simultaneously, scientists at Disney Research were working on harnessing the law of conservation of angular momentum to achieve extremely precise aerial motion control.
From Screen to Reality
Fate (and a whole lot of dedicated iteration) brought the two efforts together. The teams created the Stuntronics platform to allow broad new possibilities for realizing a wide range of dynamic characters, and to bring high-action stunts from the reel world into the real world.
Earlier this year, Disney researchers presented Stickman, a z-shaped robot capable of performing somersaults while flying through the air. This incredible innovation has continued to evolve into the first Stuntronics figure—capable of accomplishing extreme aerial maneuvers with precision. Take a look at the development of a Stuntronics figure, and watch it in action.
In their mission to create a realistic robotic figure capable of performing complex, acrobatic stunts, Imagineers designed a 90-pound Stuntronics figure to use sophisticated onboard sensors to make its own real-time decisions—all while flying 60 feet in the air. It knows when to tuck its knees to perform a somersault, when to pull its arms to twist, and even when to slow down its spin to make sure it sticks that perfect landing.
Disney remains at the forefront in the evolution of both Audio-Animatronics® figures and advanced robotics as the Company continues to find innovative, unconventional ways to bring thrilling stories to life. Through a fun, collaborative environment, Imagineers push the boundaries and leverage technology to create the unique storytelling that can only be experienced at Disney Parks. ~ The Walt Disney Company, July 2018
Avengers Campus, an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of Super Heroes, will open June 4, 2021, at Disneyland Resort, inside Disney California Adventure Park. Guests who are lifelong fans of Super Heroes and those discovering them for the first time are invited to team up with the Avengers and their allies to live out their Super Hero dreams in this fully immersive land that mixes innovative technology and fun for all ages.
Avengers Campus brings together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the common good, and they’re calling all recruits to join the action: Team up with the Avengers and their allies; sling webs with Spider-Man, taste-test inventive food and drinks and become part of a bigger universe. Kids and guests of all ages will find their powers as they take an active role alongside some of their favorite Super Heroes, with a chance to live out their own heroic story.
Guests will have the chance to witness Spider-Man swinging into action high above Avengers Campus with gravity-defying, acrobatic feats never seen before in a Disney park. That leads them to the new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spiderman Adventure, which takes guests on an interactive escapade.
Footage courtesy: Walt Disney Imagineering/Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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