ROBOT REVOLUTION EXHIBIT OPENS AT MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO ON MAY 21, 2015
Exhibit supported by Google.org will kick off national tour in Chicago
CHICAGO (March 31, 2015)—They’re coming … and they’ll be here to help and improve our lives. The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) will premiere a new national touring exhibit, Robot Revolution, supported by Google.org, on May 21.
Robot Revolution will explore how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. The exhibit will allow guests to step into a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but a vital asset.
The exhibit will come to life with a collection of cutting-edge robots that have been secured from some of the most innovative global robotics companies and universities. Guests will have extraordinary opportunities to interact with robots that have rarely been shown to the public before.
From Yume Robo, the climbing robot that greets you at the exhibit entry while traversing up and down a ladder, to the Recon Scout® Throwbot® XT that can literally be thrown into a dangerous situation to collect vital information— guests will be awed by the breakthroughs and capabilities of these machines.
“Robotics is a truly fascinating field—and it’s one that is growing exponentially,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. “This exhibit, in a fun and engaging way, helps answer questions like: How do robots work? How will they potentially change our lives? How can I get involved in robotics? We are thrilled to bring this cutting-edge content to MSI and to tour it to other science museums around the nation.”
The exhibit will feature four areas that delve into various aspects of robotics and offer specific hands-on activities with amazing robot specimens.
Cooperation: Discover how engineering breakthroughs are helping create robots that can work with humans effectively to enhance our lives. See EMYS mimic your own facial expressions with its advanced facial-coding technology. Get charmed by PARO®, the furry baby seal therapy robot, which has sensors that can respond to your touch. Try your hand at a training simulation similar to those surgeons use when training for the da vinci® Surgical System. See a robot exoskeleton that augments physical strength and can be used by those who are paralyzed. Watch soccer ‘bots cooperate with each other as they compete in a game.
Smarts: Identify how these machines are able to sense, plan and then act, while comparing and contrasting the ways in which humans and robots learn. ROBOTIS-OP is able to follow your face and make “eye” contact using its visual tracking software. The UR5 robot arm conceals an extraordinary ability to learn. Instead of writing code, you simply move the arm, and the robot learns to repeat the movements.
Skills: Learn about the skills robots possess that mimic—and often surpass—human capabilities. Experiment with various advanced robot “grippers” to select and pick up objects. See how the Fanuc delta robot can select and sort items with precision and speed. A Yaskwawa/Motoman dual-arm robot can challenge you to a game of 21, while Baxter, a robot developed to work alongside humans in factory settings, can play you and a friend in simultaneous games of tic-tac-toe.
Locomotion: Explore the varieties of ways that robots can move and how they can offer humans access to places we can’t venture ourselves. Test ROBOTIS MINI’s ability to put one foot in front of the other and control its balance. Control THES, a snake-like ‘bot which can crawl through pipes and alert humans to leaks or system damages. Learn how TOPY OSCAR can climb up and down stairs with its long rubber treads, and drive the bug-like RHex over uneven terrain.
There is also a chance to create a ‘bot for yourself: Assemble the basic components of a robot using Cubelets and see what you can get it to do!
Throughout Robot Revolution, hands-on elements, intriguing video and thought-provoking questions enable guests to recognize the amazing ways that robotics can better society. This exhibit will run at MSI through January 3, 2016.
“We believe it is vital to inspire the next generation of engineers and tech entrepreneurs so that we can continue to see technology change the world,” said Jim Lecinski, head of Google's Chicago office. “Google is happy to support MSI's Robot Revolution exhibit to make complex concepts accessible to kids of all ages and to get them excited about science, technology, engineering and math."
Robot Revolution is supported by Google.org with additional support from The Boeing Company, RACO Industrial, The David Bohnett Foundation, The Kaplan Foundation and official airline United Airlines.
MSI is grateful to the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers–Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) and ITA, Inc. for their assistance with the development of this exhibit.
About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30–4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.
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- Baxter, a versatile robot that is perfect for working in industry alongside people, is one of about 40 robots that will be featured in Robot Revolution. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- CHARLI, developed to move and be shaped like humans, can walk in all directions, turn and kick. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- ROBOTIS-OP uses face-tracking software to sense when you are looking at it, and can also see and recognize objects to perform a task, like kicking a soccer ball. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- Yume Robo is a 60-pound robot with arms and legs, coordinated by smart motors, that allow it to climb tall heights. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
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