Remember when they said robots will be taking over our jobs? Well, thanks to the imagineers are Disney, they just might have made stunt men obsolete. According to a report by TechCrunch, the company has taken some new leaps in animatronics, allowing it to use lifelike robots, which are usually static, in its resorts and theme parks.
The humanoid robots are reportedly designed to take part in real stunts, thereby reducing the risk of losing lives. They apparently used laser guiding technology and have accelerometers built-in, which allows them to take part in aerial stunts. They use gyroscopes to change their position in mid air, which allows them to strike poses.
It’s unclear where in its theme parks Disney will make use of the robots, but it’s possible they’ll play characters from its movies. Also, it would stand to reason that these robots could be used for more difficult and dangerous stunts in future, even if only to reduce the cost of insurance. Also, if Disney is able to replace stunt men completely, it would likely mean big cost savings given the kinds of movies it produces nowadays.