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RO­BOTIC SPEC­TAC­U­LAR

- Robots · Tech · Queensland University of Technology · University of Queensland · Queensland · New York City · Australia · Neil Harbisson

The Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy’s Robotron­ica may be over for another year but the work­shops, live demon­stra­tions, per­for­mances and in­stal­la­tions seen and at­tended by about 20,000 peo­ple are bound to have made a last­ing im­pres­sion. Who will for­get see­ing colour-blind New York cy­borg Neil Har­bis­son ex­plain how he hears colour through an an­tenna im­planted in his skull or see leg­endary Aus­tralian per­for­mance artist Ste­larc’s third ear? The one-day free event of­fered the public an op­por­tu­nity to see a range of robots in­clud­ing the danc­ing child-like Naos, Aus­tralia’sA first trapeze-swing­ing ro­bot and the jazzy marimba play­ing Shi­mon Ro­bot, aquabots, pet bots, med­i­cal bots and fruit-pick­ing AgBots. Visi­tors were also were treated to a feast of ro­botic ac­tiv­ity with chil­dren pit­ting their skills against each other in games that in­cluded us­ing a Sphero ob­sta­cle course, mini-quad­copters and robots pit­ted in sumo matches. QUT also gave away more then 8000 sets of card­board Global Gog­gles en­abling tens of thou­sands to re­mem­ber and en­joy Robotron­ica vir­tu­ally. The clos­ing per­for­mance in­cluded QUT’s pur­pose-built per­for­mance robots, the Perff Bots – which were pro­grammed to per­form with hu­man or­ches­tra Deep­Blue – and cir­cus per­former Mar­i­anna Joslin.

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