Archive for the 'Demos' Category

09
Sep
08

A swarm of e-pucks at the BA festival

Wenguo and I arrived yesterday with a swarm of e-puck robots. Wenguo and Jan Dyre have done a sterling job programming the e-pucks with 3 simple behavioural rules:

  • if you see an obstacle turn to avoid it, else
  • if you see the tail lights of another robot, follow it, else
  • go straight ahead.

The robots will thus form an orderly queue, except that because the arena is too small the line very quickly gets broken when the lead robot encounters a wall. However, that all just makes for an interesting – and constantly changing – swarm.

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20
Feb
08

Walk like a robot – Part 2

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After some crucial shoulder protection updates Henry the robot and Dave decided to head back out onto the floor. They soon attracted quite a crowd. 

Meanwhile, our other robot was busy doing exactly what it was told to do. With some interesting results…

20
Feb
08

Demostrating with Adrian and Vishu

Adrian Albin-Clark and Vishuu Aran Kumar, both from Manchester University, demonstrate simple robots that can be programmed to work together to do a complex task.

The aim was to find the card where was painted a human body… A short explanation and the conclusion by Adrian is below;

“Excited, I learnt a lot of things today!” was Sifat Momen’s words when he was asked for a opinion about the exercise.

Finally, for me it is all… was a good experience and I learnt a lot of things in this New Media stream…. >>

20
Feb
08

Walk like a robot

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Henry Marten and David McGoran decided to walk round as a robot today. Challenging people to ask ‘What is a robot?’ and ‘Why is that guy walking around in a cardboard suit?’ Answers to the first question included: ‘Because his legs are showing’ and ‘He has muscles.’ Answers to the second question were mainly ‘Because I can tap him on the shoulder and run away!’ All in all our cardboard robot proved so successful extra researchers were drafted in to answer a barrage of questions. 

For the second session Henry is planning a few modifications to make it a little more comfortable and, I reckon, giving him a chance to turn round faster.

 

Big Robot

20
Feb
08

Attention: our robots will be on show at 13:15 today

With two days’ hard work, the demonstration team has made several interesting real robots, which will be demonstrated to the public from 13:15 at the ground floor of explore@bristol. Hope you will be there as we are because we believe you would definitely have real fun there.

Here is the demonstration list shown by Rachel.

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19
Feb
08

Scientists that have fun!

Scientists are supposed to stay in their labs wearing their white lab coats right? Well, their definitely not at Walking with Robots where Steve shows researches how to engage and keep the attention of an audience with an invisible card. Once shown how to have fun its over to the researches … The idea behind this madness is to help researchers build on their abilities to engage with the public in person. The need to be able to transfer the audience’s attention from one segment of an exhibit or activity to another can be vital to putting across your scientific ideas.

18
Feb
08

A robot?

A plastic tub robot!
A plastic tub, some pens, and a motor: A robot? … Apparently so. The design is freely availble on the Internet, and was made out of household items; an elegant yet simple example of the sharing of ideas. The robots motor spins an off-centre weight, which in turn, vibrates the robot across the table, producing a collection of random lines drawn by the robots ‘legs’. An example given to the group of researches having a workshop in producing demonstrations to engage the public with science. The attendees are sharing their research topics, and hopeful outcomes from the workshop, including a group of researcher’s wishes to take their work to school.