Disney brings Groot to life with this adorable self-contained robot

robot Groot de Disney

We've already seen Boston Dynamics robots perform feats, dances, and performing different jobs. And while we're robbed of some smiles, it doesn't compare to the charm of Disney's new robot.

A robot that brings to life nothing less than Groot. Yes, your kids are going to be fascinated by this new Disney project.

Disney shows a Groot robot that walks and even dances

As TC mentions, mentions, this new robot is part of Disney Imagineering Research & Development's Project Kiwi. Through this robotics platform, they have worked for three years to develop this robot that can move and perform different movements.

The idea is that you can emulate different characters and superheroes. In this presentation, which Disney shares via TechCrunch, you can see the robot in the charming role of Groot. The first part of the video shows a brief summary of the progress over the last 3 years, but if you don't want to lose the charm and see Groot, you can play it for 41 seconds.

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As you can see in the video, it is not a robot that stays fixed or makes a few scheduled movements but moves almost naturally while moving the arms and swinging the body. And if you look, all the details for Groot's characterization have been taken into account, both in the physical appearance, clothing, and even in the expression of the eyes.

While the result is lovely and can steal a few smiles from us, there is a lot of work behind the development of this robot to make it look natural and reproduce a series of established behaviors. It measures about 60 cm, has built-in speakers to interact with people, and has a battery that gives about 45 minutes of autonomy.

Imagine this Groot or other robots representing different characters interacting with people at Disney theme parks as if they were real. That's the idea behind this Walt Disney Imagineering project, which is still in progress.

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