Disney is known for its clean and tidy theme parks so it may come as a surprise to see it has developed a graffiti-spraying drone.
Its research and development division has been working on a drone equipped with a spray-paint gun that can tag walls and even paint 3D objects.
The researchers hope the idea will result in drones that can paint walls quickly and accurately.
However, the current prototype produces some rather wobbly designs.
The PaintCopter uses cameras to detect what it is looking at, so it can spray paint in the right places.
The video, while presented in a scholarly fashion, is amazing, nonetheless:
Disney Research presented the entire paper on the project, but in summary, wrote:
This paper describes a system for autonomous spray painting using a UAV, suitable for industrial applications. The work is motivated by the potential for such a system to achieve accurate and fast painting results. The PaintCopter is a quadrotor that has been custom fitted with an arm plus a spray gun on a pan-tilt mechanism. To enable long deployment times for industrial painting tasks, power and paint are delivered by lines from an external unit. The ability to paint planar surfaces such as walls in
In the words of Neo (or was it Ted), “Whoa.”
You see, this is where I want to see Disney: On the cutting edge; not simply in entertainment, but in actual Imagineering.
But what do you think of PaintCopter?