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A press conference on 4/21/09 from the Carnegie Science Center has given us four major tidbits of information about Roboworld, otherwise known as robonirvana. First , they have named the greeting robot, second they told us about the exhibits, third they announced new inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame and lastly they announced a dance contest.
Wow – that’s a lotta info, so here goes.
Roboworld is a 6,000 sq ft exhibition hall located at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburg that is opening on June 13.
The robothespian or greeting robot is named Andy. I guess this is one naming contest Stephen Colbert didn’t win.
Included in amongst the exhibition will be 3 games. You will be able to shoot hoops, play foosball and air hockey, all against robots!
There will also be an exhibit featuring YouTube star Keepon and a robot that will make a picture you draw by re-creating it out of marbles.
Also announced were the following 2010 inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame:
1. Mars rovers Spirit & Opportunity
3. DaVinci Medical Robot System
4. Huey, Dewey & Louie from the 1971 film Silent running
5. T-800 Terminator from the 1984 film the Terminator
Roboworld also introduced a robot dance contest. Just fill out the online form and send in a video of yourself dancing like a robot to enter. The winner will take away $500, an overnight stay at the Sheraton Station Square and a roboworld prize pack. You have until May 26 to do your best robot dance.
See our previous post on Roboworld here.
We certainly will have a trip to Pittsburgh in our future!
William “Red” Whitaker from Carnegie Mellon, the man that led the Carnegie Mellon team to win the DARPA Urban Challenge, has a new goal. That goal is to win the Lunar X Prize by putting a robot on the moon.
Red and his team have created Red Rover. Shown here is prototype 2 of the rover.
Red Rover will use solar panels for power and stereo cameras to help navigate around the lunar rocks.
In order to win the $20 million prize, Red and his team must land on the Moon and complete the mission objectives by Dec 31, 2012.
Robots Podcast has an interview with Red. Check it out here.
Also check out Ross, an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon, as he tests the rover in a video after the break.
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