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article imageDisney develops spray-painting drone

By Tim Sandle     Oct 3, 2018 in Technology
Disney Research have developed a different type of drone, which has been named the PaintCopter. This is a vehicle which can autonomously spray paint flat and 3D surfaces.
Disney Research has indicated that the PaintCopter will, through further development, be able to paint large surfaces without the need for scaffolding and ladders. According to Engadget the drone works across three steps. To begin with, the drone scans the intended surface and creates an accurate 3D map. Second, a designer reviews what needs to be painted onto the 3D model.
This model then produces the required robotic painting commands. Once all this has been completed, for the third step the PaintCopter starts work. The PaintCopter achieves this by the use of cameras that detect what it is is looking at, so it can spray paint in the right places.
The drone carrying out the painting task is shown in the following video:
The is PaintCopter a modified DJI Matrice 100 drone. This device is aimed at drone developers and at the business-end of the drone market. The DJI Matrice 100 is a stable and flexible platform designed for large-scale customization. The craft can support a range of payloads. The maximum speed is 5 meters per second, with a range of 1.2 miles.
The drone is the latest innovation to come out of Disney Research, which refers to the network of research labs supporting The Walt Disney Company. The research focus is relatively wide, embracing computer graphics, video processing, computer vision, robotics, radio and antennas, wireless communications, human-computer interaction, displays, data mining, machine learning, and behavioral sciences.
Other products recently released by the research group include a projection system to transform the appearance of actors during live performances and Magic Bench, which is a blend of augmented and mixed reality that entire groups can share.
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