The Courier-Mail

ROBOTIC SPECTACULA­R

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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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