According to the patent, it is a mobile robot that can interact with humans. The robot will have soft skin and body tissue, and the machine body will be filled with liquid or gas. Some of these parts may be made by 3D printing technology.
When these robots interact with children in the amusement park, humans will monitor the whole process behind the scenes to ensure the safety of the children in the amusement park.
The robot’s appearance will be based on Disney’s animated characters, but it’s not certain which character it will be. However, judging from the model disclosed in the patent now, this appears to be a chubby, furry Disney character. In this way, Winnie the Pooh, who loved to steal honey as a child, is most likely.
At present, Disney staff have begun to test the prototype products of these robots, in these tests, children will not be injured, and the robot performance is also very good. In the future, Disney’s cute animated characters may become more realistic robots in theme parks.
But replacing humans with robots in Disney’s animated characters is a challenge, and the robots behind those animated characters need to understand more than just what humans do. At the same time, it is necessary to design a course of action in a world full of human beings.
In the patent document filed by Disney, there are also some robot designs that can make visitors feel relaxed and comfortable. For example, the “soft seal” robot can act as a seat or pet storage function in an amusement park, and can automatically adjust the temperature of the seat surface by sensing the weather and human body temperature.
At the South by Southwest music festival last month, Disney announced that it will launch cartoon-like robots in theme parks. Part of the technical support behind the robots that will be widely used in playgrounds is likely to come from this patent.