Raytheon to Bring Robotic Arm Ride Simulator to Innoventions at Epcot - Orlando Attractions Magazine Blog
A robotic arm motion simulator ride called "The Sum Of All Thrills" is coming to EPCOT's Innoventions. Finally, the exhibit building is going to offer an actual ride. Maricles never cease!
The ride will be sponsored by Raytheon, and is manufactured by Kuka Robot Group. Looks like guests will ride inside an enclosed cabin, and is projected to open toward the end of this year. Think Disney Quest Cyberspace Mountain.
Apr 16, 2009 Author: Ricky
As revealed to Disney cast members via their online web portal called the Hub, Walt Disney Imagineering is working with Raytheon to develop a new motion simulator attraction for Innoventions at Epcot.
The attraction is called “The Sum of All Thrills” and will allow guests to design a roller coaster, jet plane, or bobsled ride using real-life physics and engineering and then ride it within a robot arm-based simulator.
The exhibit is being described as feeling “like a high-tech laboratory” and is said to try to emphasize to guests “that math can be cool.”
In customizing the ride as part of the experience, guests will use a multi-touch surface table which can sense human interactions and objects placed upon it. Similar technology is currently being used inside the House of Innoventions at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. http://www.kuka-entertainment.com/NR...coaster_01.jpg
Once the ride is customized it can be ridden by guests in a simulator on the end of a KUKA robotic arm, created by German-based KUKA Roboter GmbH. The robot arm is similar to the one currently being used to control the menacing angler fish in Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo and Friends attraction, though it is the first time a robotic ar is being used as the ride system in a Disney theme park.
It is expected that the Disney version of this ride will be a fully enclosed simulator, similar to Cyber Space Mountain in DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney, but with many more possible degrees of movement as a result of being attached to the KUKA arm.
The new Innoventions exhibit is scheduled to open in late 2009."