Disney to create its own interactive robots

Disney could soon be developing its own interactive robots, following a new filing for a patent application.

The firm has reportedly filed the patent for a ‘soft body robot for physical interaction with humans’.

According to the patent, the robot will ‘physically interact with children, the inventors understood that the robot should be soft and durable. With this in mind, a robot physical and control design was created by the in inventors with soft and deformable body parts (or modules, segments, or the like)’.

The patent application also revealed that Disney has already developed a human-looking prototype, which was created using 3D printing.

Perhaps we could soon see Disney characters including the likes of Wall-E and Big Hero 6’s Baymax transformed into interactive droids.

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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