The star of the new Disney-Marvel movie Big Hero 6 is a poofy robot named Baymax who can assess your health with a laser-enabled two-second full-body scan. He also might soon be a reality. Baymax and other robots in the film were inspired by eight actual robots, some of which were designed and built in labs at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and DARPA.
In their quest to make a near-future for Big Hero 6 that was as realistic as possible, including building a digital city that's a mashup of San Francisco and Tokyo, directors Don Hall and Chris Williams were adamant about using actual technology in the film. Their research took them to several robotics labs on the East Coast, visiting scientists at Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, and MIT, as well as in Tokyo, where they were introduced to the next robot generation.