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Paraswift climbs buildings, jumps, lives to tell the tale (video)

Brian Heater

Looks like not even our parachuting jobs are safe from the robot onslaught. Disney Research and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have joined forces to bring the world Paraswift, a plucky little robot with a penchant for scaling buildings and a thirst for thrills. The team recently posted some video of the 'bot, which can climb a wall, deploy a parachute and then coast relatively safely to the ground. Paraswift is more than just a mechanical thrill-seeker, however -- the machine has a built-in camera that can be used to record footage for use in 3D models. Death-defying video after the break.

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