Robot fans were invited to the London Sciences Museum’s Lates evening session to explore the wonderful world of robots inspired by nature. The only requirement was to be old enough to remember Dr. Who before its makeover and to be a massive fan of, yes you’ve guessed it, robots.
We were blown away by the number of people queueing to get inside the Science Museum. There was a diverse mixture of different cultures, age groups and backgrounds and I'm pleased to say a fairly even show of men and women. Robots it seems are ticking the boxes for everyone.
Teams of robot researchers from all over the world were invited to display their robotic creatures in the Robot Safari. There were three categories: Ocean, Savana and Jungle. The Ocean robots could swim under water, Savana robots were geared to walking on land, while the Jungle section had everything from the intricately built Bat Bot to the eight legged Spyder Bot.
A lot of the robots were set up so that people could interact with them, or at least control the robots movement. For interaction our favourite exhibit was a large water tank that held five or six luminous Jessiko fish robots. The audience could shine a special torch into the side of the tank to make the Jessiko bots swim over.
The most lifelike robot was the Salamandra Robotica II, a remote controlled amphibious robot that could walk on land then slink its way in to the water and swim. The fascinating part about this robot is that it has a moveable spine with many motors working in time together to make it move.
Arrows is an ocean robot that gets its inspiration from the sea turtle. Four flippers allow the bot to manoeuvre into places other robots (and people) would have difficulty. Arrows are a budget robot that are aiming to give archaeologists greater access to sea exploration.
Pleurobot was the most spooky looking robot on display. Made from a 3D printed skeleton and glowing eyes. Pleurobot was unveiled at Robot Safari, he walked and stared at people if they got too close. Pleurobot is able to swim, but he was just strutting his stuff on land at Robot Safari.