Last weekend, I finally got the chance to watch Big Hero 6. This movie is awesome on multiple levels. Now, I understand why it became the highest grossing animated movie, with already $620 Million earned globally. It also recently won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. All of that is well deserved.
Based on Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 tells the story of the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada as they team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
One of the things that make Big Hero 6 so awesome is all the bleeding-edge technology that simultaneously set the movie in the future and ground it in reality. In fact, the whole action of the movie is based on real-word scientific advancements that are actually being developed right now. Let’s take a look at some of that technology.
First, Baymax, the inflatable, vinyl, marshmallow-y medical robot, is based on real-life “soft robotics” being developed at a robotics lab at the Carnegie Mellon University. Personal healthcare companion such as Baymax may soon be used to halt a “brain drain” from rural areas. The other robot in the film is the mentally controlled nanobot. Those tiny devices can link together to create versatile machines. Miniature micro-bots are currently being developed for a wide variety of applications. Other fascinating inventions include gears using magnetic-levitation (“maglev”) discs to serve as roller skates, shields and throwing weapons. Maglev technology is currently being used in high-speed railways, allowing trains to float and ride at speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. Finally, when the giant robot needs an armor, he can just get a brand new printed one at home thanks to 3D printing, a technology that is already more prevalent today.
Realistically, we’re not completely there yet with robots, microbots or 3D printing, but we’re pretty close.
If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6, I suggest you do. If you have, maybe you should watch it again.