Disney files patent to possibly fix broken yeti!

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Disney files patent to possibly fix the broken yeti from Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The recent robotics patent is designed to suppress robotic vibrations!

diosney files patent to fix broken yeti

Check out the patent below:

A robot control method, and associated robot controllers and robots operating with such methods and controllers, providing computational vibration suppression. Given a desired animation cycle for a robotic system or robot, the control method uses a dynamic simulation of the physical robot, which takes into account the flexible components of the robot, to predict if vibrations will be seen in the physical robot. If vibrations are predicted with the input animation cycle, the control method optimizes the set of motor trajectories to return a set of trajectories that are as close as possible to the artistic or original intent of the provider of the animation cycle, while minimizing unwanted vibration. The new control method or design tool suppresses unwanted vibrations and allows a robot designer to use lighter and/or softer (less stiff) and, therefore, less expensive systems in new robots.

The filed patent appears to be new robotic technology, which would enable the animatronics to have less unwanted motion, due to a lighter/ softer construction process. This could change the way the Walt Disney Company construct animatronic robots for their new attractions?

Disney files patent to possibly fix broken yeti!

With this we wonder if The Walt Disney Company has filed this new patent for the broken yeti in Expedition Everest! The infamous yeti has been motionless for 12 years with many fans creating memes and merchandise relating to “Disco Yeti”. However, the issues surrounding the Yeti are quite substantial as mentioned by now-retired Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, wrote on :

It’s an issue of maintenance access, they were part of the design team and set the standard. In fact, it was seen as a model collaborative process. It’s an unexpected and unforeseen set of issues, very complex, with no easy or timely solutions as of yet.

These guys did not ignore something or botch it. Innovation is like physical exploration of unknown spaces. There is stuff out there that you didn’t know, and you only encounter it by exploration. But then….there it is.”

Whilst Disney have not announced any upcoming work on Expedition Everest work we wonder if new patent could be related to the yeti? However, it might not be- this is pure speculation. Instead, this patent could be related to new Imagineering projects featuring the creation of “softer” robotics which feature in more recent attractions such as EPCOT’s Frozen Ever After ride!

diosney files patent to fix broken yeti


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One thought on “Disney files patent to possibly fix broken yeti!

  1. Disney will never “Fix” the animatronic Yeti. In no way would that expenditure help generate more revenue. They are more about the Return on Investment now more than any other time, back as far as when Walt was heading the corporation.

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