Disney is no stranger to adorable and charismatic robots: with last year's extremely adorable [Big Hero 6](movie:425271), their modern-day classic Wall-E, and the adorable (but deadly) ball droid BB-8 from the new Disney-owned [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), the company has proven that its' innovations know no bounds on-screen and off. The company recently decided to demonstrate that by showing off the latest edition to their resort roster, called the BeachBot.
The 'bot is almost sheerly for entertainment purposes, but that doesn't take away from how cool its functionality is. Watch it in action:
The 'bot scrolls along the beach with several pins attached to its' back-end which are able to individually raise and lower in order to define line thickness. The engineers at Disney designed an adorable outer casing for the 'bot that reminds me of Squirt from Finding Nemo.
To set the canvas, an artist only needs to mark it with poles, then either control the BeachBot manually or upload an image file for the 'bot to follow on its' own. Thanks to its "balloon wheels", the bot can seamlessly draw in the sand without its tires messing up the artwork.
Disney likely designed this for resort purposes, decorating the beaches that the company owns in Central Florida, but I'd love to see this tech move toward temporary street-based designs (like the "street tattoos" we see on the pavement at Comic-Con) and other fun (but environmentally harmless) public art, especially fun Disney art for kids to enjoy on vacation.
Needless to say, the old-fashioned stick-and-sand art that we created as kids has now been topped by an adorable turtle robot. Sorry, Sand Gogh!