Unlike most wheeled machines that are limited to rolling on the ground, VertiGo features two independently steerable propellers that allow the robot to drive on walls. Check out the video below to see the wall-climbing robot in action.
The two propellers have their own degrees of freedom for adjusting the direction of thrust — this gives VertiGo the ability to make floor-to-wall transitions.
“…thrust is applied both towards the wall using the rear propeller, and in an upward direction using the front propeller, resulting in a flip onto the wall,”
according to Disney Research.
Once all four of the robot’s wheels are against the wall, the propellers simultaneously create forward and downward thrust, enabling VertiGo to safely maneuver along the vertical surface.
To minimize the weight, the device’s baseplate is made of carbon fiber, while much of the other components are made from carbon-based 3D-printed parts.
Read and learn more about VertiGo here.