If there is going to be a super-adorable “human safe” robot, it’s probably going to be produced by Disney, right?
Let’s back up for a second. Disney is building robots. Not for movies, but like for actual real-life.
OK, now that we’ve absorbed that fact, we can meet Jimmy, a “A Hybrid Hydrostatic Transmission and Human Safe Haptic Telepresence Robot.”
Jimmy is designed to physically interact with humans (and other soft, squishy objects) in a super-nuanced, delicate manner. This will especially be helpful for robots created to help out and play with children and handle babies—as well as of course medical droids, constructs sent to carry out precise exploratory missions in space, and etc.
(And…maybe sex robots, too. I mean, let’s just be honest.)
The secret to Jimmy’s “light touch” are tubes filled with water and air, allowing it to handle an egg , hold a balloon, “hug” a stuffed Pooh bear, and thread a needle.
While Jimmy’s moves are impressive, it’s important to keep in mind that it is, at present, not automated; its moves are being remotely controlled by a human. But the goal is, obviously, to make Jimmy as independent as possible.
Creating a “human safe” robot is just one of the necessary factors to “check off” before more realistic automata can be produced an integrated into human society. And when those humanoids finally do become an ubiquitous part of everyday living, they may just be wearing Disney name-tags.