KUKA RoboSim 4-D debuts at Innoventions in EPCOT
This is yet another example of Theme Parks 2.0. The new Sum of all Thrills attraction sponsored by Raytheon in Innoventions at Epcot debuts this month using new interactive technology by KUKA Robotics. Check the link for more details. I seem to remember reading elsewhere, that there are 4 of these in the attraction. Guests will design a roller coaster, jet plane, or bobsled ride using real-life physics and engineering and then ride it within one of the robot arm-based simulators. Below is a picture of one of the RoboSim vehicles.
Update: I got a chance to ride this on 10/21/09. Overall, I would say it’s just okay. I would rate it a 5 out of 10 on the thrill scale, which is sad because I was expecting a lot more. I hate to compare it to the obvious, Cyber Space Mountain at Disney Quest, but that’s the closest thing I can compare it to. While I would love to say this is version 2.0 of that attraction, I think that would be a big stretch. The ride motions seem slow and while it does tilt you upside down, it doesn’t exactly spin you all the way around like Cyber Space Mountain does. The onscreen graphics aren’t any better either, maybe a bit crisper but not what I would have expected in comparison to home video games and consoles like Xbox360 and PS3. In short, it’s worth trying once, but I probably won’t be going out of my way again to experience this unless I’ve got nothing else to do.