Who wouldn’t want to play catch — or even juggle — with a robot while you are walking through an amusement park. Disney’s research group in Pittsburgh recently released this video showing their progress on just such a juggling robot. I have to tell you, it’s pretty creepy.
Here’s their reasoning, from the YouTube video:
Entertainment robots in theme park environments typically do not allow for physical interaction and contact with guests. However, catching and throwing back objects is one form of physical engagement that still maintains a safe distance between the robot and participants. Using a theme park type animatronic humanoid robot, we developed a test bed for a throwing and catching game scenario.
The system uses an external camera to track the balls, and they’ve even developed gestures for the robot if it misses the ball — catch them in the video below:
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