Disney's Stickman: A Human-Sized Acrobatic, Robotic Stickperson

May 30, 2018

This is a video demonstration of Disney Research's Stickman -- a robotic, acrobatic stickperson that can do single and double backflips before landing flat on its spine. Some more info from Disney while I dare to to do a double backflip through a flaming hoop. "That's a volcano." Shhhhhhh!:

Human performers have developed impressive acrobatic techniques over thousands of years of practicing the gymnastic arts. At the same time, robots have started to become more mobile and autonomous and can begin to imitate these stunts in dramatic and informative ways. We present a simple two degree of freedom robot that uses a gravity-driven pendulum launch and produces a variety of somersaulting stunts. The robot uses an IMU and a laser range-finder to estimate its state mid-flight and actuates to change its motion both on and off the pendulum.

No word what Stickman will eventually be used for, but knowing Disney as intimately as I do *winks at Minnie and Daisy* it will probably have something to do with making a ton of money. Obviously, I want on board. Where is this boat taking us, anyway? "The all new Pirates Of The Caribbean ride." Sweet, grab the rum out of my backpack. "Where's the mixer?" We'll just use some of the water from the ride, it has a taste.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Aaron, who agrees you're not an acrobat until you can land on your feet, and preferably on somebody else's shoulders.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Ah, I see preparations for Walt Disney's new robotic body are going nicely.

  • Talon184

    Not matter how it hits the mat....it 'sticks' the landing.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    Who knew West World had such modest beginnings.

  • Jenness

    Not so modest when you see what they do to the robots in the "back room" *winces and makes a face so you KNOW it's some stone-cold perv stuff*

  • Bling Nye

    Finally, Disney's looking to step up their animatronic attractions. https://i.pinimg.com/origin...

  • Wooder

    Who's Eric Ord and why do I care if he's first....

  • The_Wretched

    I've blocked it. Not worth the fraction of a second it takes to read. And I'm first a lot of the time.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Disney has a DARPA division???

  • Meh

    Its no wonder this robot shows zero originality. Like that douchebag posting first.

  • Eric Ord

    Have you ever SEEN a robot doing backflips before?

  • Meh

    This contraption can barely be called a robot.

  • Eric Ord


    Robot leaving trapeze is me leaving the firsts business after this week or so, due to insolence

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