Disney's prototype RC car defies gravity, drives up walls

By Shawn Knight
Dec 29, 2015
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  1. HPI, Losi and Traxxas are among the top brands in the radio-controlled (RC) world but none of them have a product quite as impressive as VertiGo, a wall-climbing RC car from Disney Research and ETH Zurich.

    In fairness, VertiGo is perhaps better classified as a robot than a true RC car. The prototype shown in the clip above uses a pair of adjustable propellers to create enough thrust to allow it to defy gravity and seemingly drive up walls. While immensely cool as an RC car, odds are that the technology will likely be implemented in rescue robots and the like.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    That's pretty cool
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,527   +688

    Aw heck, I had an x-wife that could do that with a full sized Mercury! Of course I'll bet that little car dosen't cost nearly as much to insure after the first crash!
    Skidmarksdeluxe, TomSEA and BlueDrake like this.
  4. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 140   +21

    That is a pretty cool thing?
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    It is
  6. VDD65

    VDD65 TS Rookie

    The propeller push the machine against the wall so it can climb.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,551   +595

    Very clever. No doubt they'll figure out some practical applications for it soon enough.
  8. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 163   +135

    Do want!
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379


    Now that is one fine piece of robotics! And I'm not amazed often :)

    Looking at its size and agility, I think Flea would be the proper name for it :)
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    It's a cool gadget, I can see myself playing with one.
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    I think this is just the beginning, a prototype. To be used practically it will need its plastic gears replaced with aluminium ones, to keep the weight the same and avoid quick wear on gear joins. Then it will be invincible! :)
  12. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,527   +688

    Anybody old enough to remember the old Andy Granatelli indy car that used the same technology to allow the car to run constantly over 200 mph through the turns? It worked great until it didn't .....
  13. risc32

    risc32 TS Booster Posts: 187   +75

    I don't remember that specific car, but I do remember another that worked like tho and was subsequently banned. I'm just not as impressed as you guy with this. People did this at great speed decades ago with humans lives at risk. Also my kids airhogz rc car has been driving around on my walls for a few yrs now, so pardon me if I don't get as excited.
  14. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,619   +498

    Thank You Captain Obvious! Your work here is done, on to the next situation you can point out the obvious, Captain Obvious Away!

    AKA Fan cars or Ground Effects, Chaparral had some truly out of this world designs which had tremendous potential, too bad they were also outrageously dangerous. It wasn't exactly the same technology as this RC car, Chaparral relied on sucking the car to the ground and not merely blowing it downwards with large fans, which is why it was so dangerous, loose that vacuum effect around a bend and your gone, nothing you could do, reason why this technology got banned when it did.
  15. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Defies gravity, you mean exactly like every plane, boat, jet does....
  16. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    Won't defy anything now: That I can see anyhow:

    'This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by drapermusic'

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