Carnegie Mellon's Inflatable Robotic Arm Inspires Design of Disney's Latest Character-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Inflatable Robotic Arm Inspires Design of Disney's Latest Character

Fictional Baymax in the Movie "Big Hero 6" Embodies New Research on Soft Robotics

PITTSBURGH—When Don Hall saw a robot arm made of balloons while visiting Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute several years ago, he knew instantly that Baymax, a pivotal character in the animated feature he was co-directing for Disney, also would be an inflatable robot.

That movie, "Big Hero 6," set to light up movie screens Nov. 7, is an action-packed, comedy-adventure in which Baymax, a gentle robot designed to care for humans, is transformed into a warrior and joins a band of high-tech heroes. As realized by Hall and his team of writers and animators, Baymax is both more huggable and more capable than anything now in Carnegie Mellon's research labs.

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