Disney is Building Baymax - the Puffy Robot from Big Hero 6

in #technology6 years ago

Screen Shot 2018-04-28 at 9.00.42 AM.png

Meet Baymax

Disney's 2014 film, Big Hero 6, starred an adorable character named "Baymax". Baymax is a big inflatable robot that serves as a personal health care companion. His mission is to help people at all costs and throughout the movie he provides assistance in ways you can't imagine.

Screen Shot 2018-04-28 at 8.56.54 AM.png

Disney's Robotic Prototype

Baymax has always been fictional but also an inspiration to the growing field of soft robotics. These are the robotic arms that Disney roboticist are creating to emulate the arms of Baymax. The arms are inflated with air, the fingers are quite sausage-like, and they have an internal projector that can show status or display information to people (the heart is being projected in the picture). All of these characteristics are strikingly identical to Baymax.

Here is a Disney engineer's explanation of why they want to build a soft robot like Baymax. “Where physical human-robot interaction is expected, robots should be compliant and reactive to avoid human injury and hardware damage,” the researchers write in the paper describing the system. “Our goal is the realization of a robot arm and hand system which can physically interact with humans and gently manipulate objects."

The amazing part about the Baymax prototype is that the air-bags that act as skin can sense force and pressure, meaning it knows when it's being touched. This allows for engaging physical interactions between Baymax and humans. For example, hugging! The robot will understand that it is being hugged, and hopefully reciprocate with a hug of its own.


A Disney engineer explains how the hands work and their thoughts on the future of creating a real-life Baymax.

"The fingers are also soft and filled with air; they’re created in a 3D printer that can lay down both rigid and flexible materials. Pressure sensors within each inflatable finger let the robot know whether, for example, one fingertip is pressing too hard or bearing all the weight, signaling it to adjust its grip."

Screen Shot 2018-04-28 at 9.16.11 AM.png

"This is still very much a prototype; the sensors can’t detect the direction of a force yet, and the materials and construction aren’t airtight by design, meaning they have to be continuously pumped full. But it still shows what they want it to show: that a traditional “hard” robot can be retrofitted into a soft one with a bit of ingenuity. We’re still a long way from Baymax, but it’s more science than fiction now."

Made with ❤️ by techchat


What kind of robot it is ! fabulous !

Fabulous is righttt 👍🏼

This is inspiring, i'm amazed

We are so happy we could bring value to you! Thank you for tuning into our blog!

Nice man, great work.

The cute robot. I am haven't watching this film yet.
The future technology.

You must watch the film! It is a great movie

ان شاء الله
Nice to chat with you. Thanks

Of course, you too.

big hero is my favorite film.
the ending is so sad, but it's great climax

Haha big hero is an amazing movie! Such happy vibes

wooow that great, thanks for sharing.

You're welcome!

That's a robot everyone would love to have. Baymax is great in the movie, but to have him in real life would be amazing. He's very helpful and the process they're going through to build Baymax is pretty cool. I'm excited to see how the robot turns out! :)

We will be sure to keep you posted on any further progress we hear of! It'll be amazing

Disney is always innovative, not just business but also technology.

One of the MOST innovative companies! Their theme parks are out of this world

I can not think now that how many opportunity will provide by the bless of technology. I think it has started its journey never to stop.

Couldn't agree more with what you're saying

If only their robot had the same sense of humour that Baymax did 😂, he could do a stand up comedy with just the arm and raise enough money from patron to build the rest of his body, Baymax doesn't need Disney's money to do this. 😂

Hahaha that's a hilarious thought! If only...

Coin Marketplace

STEEM 0.27
TRX 0.11
JST 0.036
BTC 66111.91
ETH 3235.28
USDT 1.00
SBD 4.08