Paraswift, the first base-jumping robot

by Mark R

You should probably just go straight to the video after the jump so you can see the Paraswift, the world’s first base-jumping robot.

What you will see is pretty cool. The Paraswift is able to climb up a wall that looks like a long banner via suction. What really makes it cool is that when it reaches the top, it spreads its wings and jumps off, flying to the ground. It reminds me of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit 2.

The Paraswift is a collaboration between the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Disney Research. The purpose of the Paraswift is not just some quick entertainment, as a compact robot that can climb and fly can work to gather aerial footage for 3D modeling systems.

The Paraswift was presented at the Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and Support Technologies for Mobile Machines in Paris. The video has theme music that is quite dramatic, almost overly done, like a John Williams score. There is even a slow motion walking shot like in The Right Stuff or Armageddon.

You will notice that the height that Paraswift jumps from is only a few stories. I would love to see him jump from the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower.


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