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Robotic Entertainment (02:46)


The robotic sector is growing around the world; machines are used in a variety of fields. An expert discusses the origin of the word robot in 1920 and the place of robots in cinema.

Robot Culture (03:04)

Bertolt Meyer believes robots will allow a new kind of entertainment but are subject to stereotyping. An expert discusses the robotic industry's attempt to distance itself from fictional robots while filmmakers keep abreast of robotic developments.

Mantis (03:38)

A diesel engine powers the world's largest all-terrain hexapod robot; it can be operated manually or remotely. Matt Denton discusses the design.

Building the Mantis (03:18)

Denton discusses build challenges during construction. Hexengine controls the 18 hydraulic motors that power the robot. The machine provides a research and development platform.

Tradino (02:45)

The robotic dragon is the lead performer in "Drachenstich;" Zollner produced the autonomous model in three years. Learn how experts transport the robot and how the robotic head works.

Tradino Operations (03:33)

Tradino's wingspan is over 12 meters. A twin hydraulic system and a diesel engine power the dragon's movement. Engineers remotely control the dragon's nine modular control units.

Teotronico (02:30)

The Italian robot is the world's first robotic pianist. Mateo Suzzi used 3D printing to create the fourth version of his design. The robot's abilities are based on the MIDI musical standard; he can play solo or with two other robots.

Teotronico Musical Performances (01:53)

Teotronico performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Roberto Prosseda, and Sharon Zhai. The robot is an educational tool that highlights the difference between a "cold technical performance" and human interpretation with feeling. Suzzi discusses the development of Teotronico's facial features and movement.

Robo Thespian (02:55)

The robot recreates acting with mechanics. Will Jackson discusses the application of humanoid robots, Robo Thespian's role in Kleomenis Katevas' PhD project, and performances with multiple Robo Thespians.

Robo Thespian Applications (01:59)

Robo Thespians perform in public spaces including NASA's Kennedy Space Center; hear the robot sing. The mechanical performer provides a glimpse of robot evolution.

Robotic Psychology (02:01)

Nick Bostrom reflects on human interactions with robots and the ability of artificial intelligences to consciously experience the world.

Humanoid Interactions (02:22)

Meyer discusses human sexuality and robotic companions. Bostrom discusses two possible cases of human response to artificial intelligences.

NAO (03:34)

Aldebaran Robotics designed the companion robot for communication and interaction. Rodolphe Gelin discusses the fourth generation version; NAO was selected to compete in the RoboCup competition.

NAO Capabilities (02:49)

RoboCup started in 1997 and has various categories; see footage from the competition in the Netherlands. NAO can be programmed for a potentially unlimited range of tasks through the use of software and apps, providing a unique educational tool.

Robots and Education (03:01)

Aldebaran Robotics' Ask Now program is specifically designed for children with autism. Meyer describes robots as an avatar embodiment of science, technology, math, and engineering. The Italian Institute of Technology organizes workshops centered on iCub.

Naro (02:29)

The aquatic robot's function is to teach the basic properties of robotics and biology to youth. Experts explain the components of the nautical robot.

LEGO Robotics (02:23)

LEGO and MIT collaborated to create Mindstorms, a robotics invention system. LEGO uses robotic systems in amusement parks; learn how the RoboCoaster functions.

Robotic Applications (03:51)

Robots can be a valuable tool for education, entertainment, and more. Robotics is a combination of engineering and many other sciences. See examples of current and possible future robotic use.

Credits: Entertainment Robots: Age of Robots (01:43)

Credits: Entertainment Robots: Age of Robots

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Robots are a rising reality and one of the key technologies changing our everyday lives. These changes may include the way we spend our leisure time with smart and sophisticated machines designed for fun—Entertainment Robots. In this film we see Mantis, a two ton insect, and Tradinno, a giant fire-spitting dragon. We see robots take the stage and watch a mechanical actor and a robotic pianist perform. How long will it take for full-blown robotic shows to become popular? Can robots go beyond entertainment to become a viable tool for education and learning?

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL110739

ISBN: 978-1-68272-616-7

Copyright date: ©2014

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