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Disney's new car can drive up vertical walls

By T.K. Randall
December 30, 2015 · Comment icon 8 comments

The vehicle can drive up walls. Image Credit: YouTube / DisneyResearchHub / ETH Zurich
Disney has revealed the development of a remarkable new toy car that can go where no car has gone before.
Created through a collaboration between Disney Research and ETH Zurich, the 'VertiGo' can drive along the ground like any other remote-controlled toy car. What sets it apart from its competitors however is the fact that it can transition in to a vertical position and drive up and along solid walls.

Critical to this functionality are its two tiltable propellers which provide the thrust needed to keep it affixed to vertical surfaces while also enabling the vehicle to transition from floors to walls on its own.

It isn't clear exactly what Disney intends to do with it once the design is perfected but it certainly has the potential to make for a unique ( and expensive ) gift if they ever decide to sell it in shops.

Source: NBC News | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss 8 years ago
If they added a bug eating feature, well, then, geckos everywhere would be out of business. It would be the greatest economic downturn for those reptiles ever.
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam 8 years ago
I am weary of these things this one of those "catch fire" gadgets once you have it out the box and are testing it out?
Comment icon #3 Posted by MissJatti 8 years ago
1st picture looks like something made in 1920's
Comment icon #4 Posted by Rolci 8 years ago
Where no car has gone before??? We got something very much like this years and years ago. The whole world has gotten bored with cars climbing walls by now, and Disney have just come up with the idea NOW??? :D Actually I got a whole "pallet" of these (this was how it was advertised on the bidding site), meaning i have dozens in my garage. Certainly nothing new about it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
Damn, Disney is doing everything now!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Kiltedmusician 8 years ago
This is kinda sorta like putting wheels on a flying drone so it can roll against walls without crashing. Except it doesn't fly. Cool though.
Comment icon #7 Posted by nothinglizx2 8 years ago
It seems that propeller technology is trying to make a comeback, but it's like fossil fuel still trying to impose itself and deny the existence of other forms of getting around and buying out any technology that shows that there are other ways of getting around. May be we should let propellar technology die down a bit. It's a relic though it is still relatively new in human history. Like cold fusion there is anti-gravity. But it appears only the elite can get it right now. Those who have anti-gravity have a head start. They will be to and from planets before we even know they went. They can go... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Silent Trinity 8 years ago
Nothing surprises me with the behemothic juggernaut that is the Disney Corporation, they probably have the monetary power to re-invent the human race to look like Disney characters genetically, big ears et al. ( yes that was tongue in cheek )

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