This guy exists in real life, in robot form.


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Robot is Groot? Guardians of the Galaxy‘s tree-like being has been recreated in robotic form as part of Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi, TechCrunch reported Friday. The little Marvel Cinematic Universe guy is around two and a half feet tall and is part of a project that’s been running for the last three years.  

A couple of weeks ago I got to see Disney Imagineering’s latest feat — a walking, talking bipedal robotics platform called Project Kiwi. It’s a milestone in this kind of robotics. Read about how the team created it here: https://t.co/x97mJL6TdU pic.twitter.com/3pH0N9JIFI

— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer)
April 23, 2021

It’s all about bringing Disney’s small characters to life “at their actual scale in authentic ways,” project lead Scott LaValley told TechCrunch.

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The report emphasizes that Groot is just the character they chose for the prototype, so the robot could end up coming to a Disney park in a different form (Baby Yoda?). Disney also doesn’t have any immediate plans to bring any Project Kiwi robots to parks.

Disney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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