A Glimpse into the Age of Robots – written by Code Brew Labs – www.code-brew.com
An age of Robots has very much been our fascination since the first robot was invented. It remains unclear as to when the idea will reach its full maturity but until that time comes we can put our imagination to work and envisage what the Robo Planet will look like. That’s the inspiration for this blog. To picture a world where robots will be everywhere, they’ll walk with us, talk with us, work with us (or for us) and play with us. In short, they won’t be seen an oddity, but they’ll become a part of our lives and when that happens we’ll have to find ways to employ their prodigious talent to different spheres of activity. So, here’s the Robot world unveiled to you:
Robo’s Got Talent will be a talent hunting competition to find the best robots in the world. Robots with all sorts of extraordinary skills, be it music, drawing, dancing, aerobics etc will get a chance to exhibit their talent. The winner of the competition will be declared as Prime Robo – the most talented Robot in the world. One can only imagine the fame it’ll receive world over. TV shows will rave about Prime Robos’ incredible talent. It’ll also give rise to a huge fan following. Prime Robo will be worshipped no less than an idol. We’ll have another pantheon of celebrities to add to our collection.
A lot of people have inhibitions when it comes to talking about some physical or mental illness. Well, that could all be put to bed when Robots will take the reign as our primary Physicians. It’ll make people more relaxed and open to properly discuss their disease or illness. Robots with the power of Artificial Intelligence will prove just as good or even superior to any professional doctors today. Robots will also make excellent surgeons and we may have wired ourselves to feel more confident about going under the knife with a robot than an actual human being.
For those who care for violence and savagery, a Robot Wrestling Competition(RWE) will provide ample entertainment. All the bulkier, sturdy and metal-blazing robots will take up the gauntlet. The fighting that will ensue will capture everybody’ attention. A blow here and a puch there, metal scraps flying about in all directions as each robot will test its might against the best. The last robot standing will be declared the ‘Robo Wrestling Champion.’ Now that will be some entertainment to look forward too.
Robots will also make magnificent teachers. Since their knowledge is always increasing with the availability of new data, they’ll have no difficulty solving our common riddles. Robots as teachers will also generate excitement in young children, who will stand a great chance of learning a lot in very little time. With an intelligence level not imaginable to us today, Robots as instructors, coaches and mentors will help us reach our ultimate best. With Robot’s assistance, we’ll increase our understanding of the world. Robots will also help us reach places that haven’t been possible for us so far.
Imagine robots running after a football, or more precisely, a Roboball, dribbling and passing, in an attempt to send it into the opposing Robot team’s net. That’s right, we’re talking about the most popular sport in the world taken up by Robots. It’s going to excite every sort of thrill and emotion we experience with our own Football competitions. Soon, there might even be global Robo Ball Events, where countries from all around the world will send their best robots to win the competition. In an attempt to test our own skills, we may have a Football competition with the Robots, where a star-studded World XI, with the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi, Iniesta etc will compete against Robots for the ultimate glory of Football.
Well, those are some of the ways in which Robots may play out a part in our world. A world where Robots won’t be seen as mere machines with human-knowledge, but as co-existing members of the society. Let us know if you have any other fanciful thoughts about the coming age of Robots and what all work you’d like to see them doing in your daily life.
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
Time to relax over Christmas; here is a quick pick of robot movies over the Christmas period
Put that blooming Phone down and watch a robot movie instead!
well that should see you through to new year – relax and watch a robot movie with the family or play charades with granny !
keep calm and robot on .
Robots in Star Wars and other famous Movie Robots
How 7 famous movie robots were brought to life on screen
In celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’re taking a look at seven famous robots from Star Wars and other famous sci-fi worlds and how they were brought to life on screen.
The clock is ticking until the second film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy hits our screens. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the plot of the film has remained a closely guarded secret. Of course, there’s lots of rumours out there – such as Luke Skywalker being revealed as a broken man with no desire to continuing the Jedi Order and thinking it should end(!). But we’ll have to wait and see if they’re true!
What do we know? In Star Wars tradition, we will more than likely kick off exactly where the first film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) ended with Rey joining Luke Skywalker on a remote island.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will feature a number of fan favourite droids including C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8. There’s also going to be a new droid called BB-9E who seems to be an evil counterpart to the loveable BB-8.
Other than BB-8 there are no other new droids that we know of… yet! However there are two new alien species, the very loveable Porgs who are native to Ahch-To and the Caretakers, who maintain the Jedi Temple and the other structures on Luke’s island.
Wait…droids? I thought you said robots?
Droid is the term used to describe robots in the Star Wars universe, originally a shorthand for the ‘Android’ – meaning a humanlike robot or machine. The term droid in Star Wars applies to any robot on screen and has been a registered trademark of LucasFilm since the first Star Wars film in 1977.
That answers that! Onto the creativity that brought your favourite robots, droids, androids, automatons and autobots to life on the big screen…
7. Q – The Master Mystery (1919)
Played by Harry Houdini, Justice Department agent Quentin Locke investigates a powerful cartel while being protected by a robot named Q. Q was the first robot to ever appear in cinema, the term “robot” didn’t exist yet so they refer to Q as “the Automaton”.
The design of Q inspired designers of robots in later films, as well as robot toys over the following 40 years. Take a look…
6. Johnny 5 – Short Circuit (1986)
A classic from the eighties. “Number 5”, a robot developed for the Cold War, is hit by a lightning strike resulting in a power surge that scrambles its programming and gives it a sense of free will.
Designed by Syd Mead, Johnny 5’s presence on screen feel very realistic and he can perform impressive moves like dancing to Saturday Night Fever. This was achieved using a “telemetry suit” which is worn by a puppeteer and linked to sensors on the robot.
The idea for the film came from a project to educate students about robotics, just like the educational services we offer here at Robots Direct. However none of our robots have been struck by lighting and escaped…yet.
5. WALL-E – WALL–E (2008)
In a distant (but not impossible) future, mankind has abandoned earth because it’s overrun with rubbish and polluted. WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot has been left to clean up the mess, alone on Earth except for a pet cockroach. One day, EVE, a sleek reconnaissance robot, is sent to Earth to find proof that life is once again sustainable and WALL-E falls madly in love with her.
WALL-E’s design is reminiscent of Johnny 5 and most of the robot’s sounds are created by Ben Burtt. Over two years he recorded 2500 different sounds – that’s double the average of any Star Wars movie! Several people have made working real life WALL-Es, but this build by Mike Senna is likely the most impressive with over 38,000 hours spent making it!
4. Robby the Robot – Forbidden Planet (1956)
A crew investigate the status of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors, Dr. Morbius and his daughter, and their robot Robby who is created to serve humans. Meanwhile, a terrifying monster is on the loose…
Costing roughly $125,000, Robby was expensive for a prop of this era. Robby’s main designer, Robert Kinoshita, used thousands of drawings by five men over five weeks to design the final version. Before working in film, Robert Kinoshita designed washing machines and this is reflected in the design of Robby whose chest and legs resemble a washing machine tub.
3. Optimus Prime – Transformers film series
This heroic robot is famously the world as leader of the Autobots, an alien race of robots who disguise themselves on Earth by transforming into regular everyday vehicles and machines. He first reached our screens in the 1980s Transformers animated series, with an iconic voice performance by Peter Cullen. His voice was so popular that fans demanded that he be cast in the 2007 film version. Not everything was brought back for the film, as the truck Optimus transformed into was redesigned to make Optimus taller and more distinct.
Transformers are huge in China – literally. A trend has emerged of building huge statues of Optimus Prime across the country. In 2010, a 10-meter-tall statue of Optimus was erected near Beijing National Stadium. In 2011, the game was raised and an 11-meter model was built in Shenyang City using old car parts. Very apt!
2. Data – Star Trek: The Next Generation films
Lt. Commander Data is an android who serves aboard the flagship Enterprise-D.
According to the Star Trek universe, famous for technobabble, Data’s brain is capable of running sixty trillion operations per second. In reality it was all the acting skills of Brent Spiner and the work of the special effects and make-up teams.
Data doesn’t have emotions but wonders what it would like to have them, he plays poker, socialises and is the only principle cast member to have a pet. The writers used this to grapple with big philosophical questions and in one film Data is given an “emotions chip” allowing him to experience human emotions. If you are interested in the ethics of AI and what it mean to be human there are some great Data storylines to enjoy.
1. C-3PO and R2-D2 – The Star Wars saga
Yes I realise there’s two droids here, but these two come as a pair – BFFs for life! We were first introduced to them in the first film, helping the Rebel Alliance defeat the evil Galatic Empire. Many theorise that without Threepio and Artoo, the entire Star Wars story could not take place. Without them Luke would not have met Obi-Wan Kenobi and discovered his calling as a Jedi, they could not have hired Han Solo and ride his ship the Millennium Falcon, they could not have rescued Princess Leia, they could not have escaped the Death Star and of course they could not have destroyed the Death Star the film’s climax.
C-3PO was played by actor Anthony Daniels, who perfectly captured the nervous energy of the character. Not an easy thing to have done while filming in a suit, often in the heat of a desert in Tunisia. The idea of bickering sidekicks took inspiration from the Akira Kurosawa film Hidden Fortress and was greatly helped by the fact that Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, often found themselves bickering in real life.
The design of R2-D2 is incredible, communicating such depth of character and comedic timing using what essentially looks like a bin on a tripod with flashing lights and beeping noises. It is a just another testament to the talent of the production that made Star Wars the instant worldwide phenomena it became rather than another cheesy looking seventies sci-fi flick. New droids in the Star Wars universe have a lot to compete with but I look forward to seeing what they come up with next!
keep calm and robot on.
I Robot – Sonny
In 2035, technophobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of the apparent suicide of leading robotics scientist, Dr. Alfred Lanning. Unconvinced of the motive, Spooner’s investigation into Lanning’s death reveals a trail of secrets and agendas within the USR (United States Robotics) corporation and suspicions of murder. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.
Johnny 5 – Short Circuit
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.
Robot and Frank
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
Transformers – Optimus Prime
An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.
A seemingly indestructible Android is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all cost
Ex machina – Ava
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.
Big hero 6 – Baymax
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Pacific Rim – Jaegers
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
Robot football is a sport organised in Korea since
1995 with 6 different leagues
Robot Ping pong
Keep up with the robot Human !!
In development since 2005, it recognizes very fast moving objects, has a low inertia mechanical system, and even has an artificial intelligence.
MegaBots are 15-foot-tall, internally piloted humanoid robots that fire cannonball-sized paintballs at each other at speeds of over 120 miles per hour.
The series, centred on the sport of robot combat, involves teams of amateur and professional roboteers operating their own constructed robots to fight against each other, whilst also avoiding arena hazards and more powerful “House Robots”, which were not bound by the same weight or weapon limits as the contestants
Why Hire a Robot for your Event?
There are many excellent reasons for hiring a robot. Robots are educational, inspirational, and a great deal of fun. They are the perfect way to grab the attention of the public and to get your message across. Robot technology has advanced enormously over recent years; if you haven’t yet experienced the latest generation of the kind of robots you might hire for a special event, then you will probably be surprised by how versatile and clever they have become.
Robots have been created for a wide range of applications, including building cars and driving them. They are even used in hospitals for general duties and helping out nurses with everyday tasks, and it won’t be long before they are routinely helping carry out operations. But the kind of mobile robot you are looking for will have been designed for almost exclusively entertainment. These robots combine leading edge robotics technology with media arts to create humanoid machines capable of advanced behaviours designed to impress, entertain and educate.
Most robots that you would hire for an event are typically adult human size up to around seven feet tall; but if you intend to use a robot for entertaining young children, then you wouldn’t wish to frighten them with such a beast that might look as if it stepped right out of an SF movie. For entertaining young children, robots as small as one foot tall are available, though for older children the best choice might be something like a five feet robot.
While many hire robots are radio controlled devices where the operator, located some distance away, controls the action, the latest generation of these machines incorporate more advanced technologies.
Modern leading edge hire robots are fully programmable and can perform a wide range of tasks including creating sounds and talking; often the operator might get involved in the show and interact personally with the robot. Control would typically be via a hidden wi-fi or Bluetooth remote controller or a mobile phone/tablet. Typically, robots are also equipped with a range of sensors that allow them to react to any people who may approach them and then perform a set of pre-programmed behaviours. This can be an excellent way to grab the attention of your visitors.
Not all such behaviour is pre-programmed. Robots that appear autonomous may also be linked by audio and video to a hidden operator who will engage the visitor in a dialog.
There are many ways for using a hire robot to add sparkle to your event, but the most popular are:
Robots are great attention grabbers; audiences of every age are impressed by them and what they can do. While grabbing the attention of your audience is the first step in any marketing or educational exercise, modern hire robots can also make significant strides in the total sales and teaching process imparting information compellingly. They will certainly add sparkle to your project.
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Robots for Pre school
Dance and move Beat Mo 9 Months +
Activate fun songs, learning content and dance moves with the Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo! Just press his tummy or the buttons on his feet and get ready to move, dance and sing with him! BeatBo introduces your little one to letters, colours, counting, music and much more in 3 different modes of play: Dance ‘n Move, Learning and Games, and the customisable Sing-Along mode! Record a phrase and BeatBo will mix it into his favourite song! His 3 modes of play are designed to ‘grow’ with your baby for fun, educational play making him an excellent playtime companion for years to come!
Teach and TAG Movi – suitable for children 3 +
This robot is both educational and fun. It has 3 game modes and 6 games to choose from. Like a robot Simon says “movi says “designed to combine critical thinking skills with active play – our favourite game is Red light, Green light
Movi robot asks questions and encourages children. It spins over 360 degrees and can make over 60 facial expressions.
Big School robots
Batbot – robot batman take that robin ! Kerpow !
Wow this robot stands over 2 feet tall! It comes with wings, punching fists projectile launchers motor cycle and voice changer – what is not to love?
The Batbot – robot batman is a must for any batman fan
Transformers The last Knight – Autobot squweeks
A small robot 21cm he comes with motion and sound effects. amazing dance moves and blaster moves. This remote controlled robot will be a hit for Christmas day – might even get Dad dancing (oh no!)
Zoomer Chimp – Robot monkey
This back flipping robot can do over 100 tricks – he can dance – even better than granny after too many sherries! This robot monkey also bumps and farts – naughty monkey!
Star Wars inventor kit
Children can create their own custom Droid™ and bring it to life. Using littleBits electronic blocks and the free Droid Inventor app, they’ll teach their R2 Unit new tricks and take it on over 16 missions. Then kids can level-up their inventor expertise and reconfigure their Droid to give it new skills, or design any Droid they can dream up.
Create your own R2 Unit
The kit comes with everything kids need to create and customize their R2 Unit straight out of the box. Initial assembly is easy with step-by-step instructions to create their Droid, and control it in Drive Mode, Self-Nav, Force™ Mode, and more.
Let your imagination run
After mastering their Droid Inventor skills, children continue on to challenges that spark creativity and get them inventing brand-new Droids.
Dash is a real (and super cute) robot that makes learning to code fun for kids. It easily responds to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing. Dash presents your kids with hundreds of projects, challenges and puzzles as well as endless possibilities for freeform play. Super fun!
Dash & Dot are real robots that teach your kids to code while they play. Using our free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance and navigate all around the house. Sensors on the robot mean they react to the environment around them, including your kids.
Build, code and play with the LEGO Boost 17101 Creative Toolbox and take your LEGO building skills and experience to the next level! Learn to code and create models that you can play and interact with!
With this amazing set you can build a number of different robots and creations! As soon as you have finished building one, it’s up to you how long you wait until you rebuild it into something completely different! After you build them, you can control all creations via your tablet with the free downloadable app that also includes digital LEGO Building Instructions for all 5 models, plus cool activities and ideas to spark your imagination.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can build!
There’s Vernie – a moving, walking robot that launches darts from its shoulder mounted shooter! You can talk to Vernie and code its behaviour as well as complete fun activities with the included playmat. Vernie responds when you talk with facial expressions that reflect its current mood.
Vernie can move in all directions at different speeds on its large tracks, see objects and colours, sense distance, grip and carry accessories. Vernie also senses and reacts to impacts and knows when you pick it up.
Sphero Star Wars BB-9E App-Enabled Droid
– Authentic Movement // Whether you’re driving or on Patrol, BB-9E rolls just like on-screen.
– Holographic Simulation // Explore the Star Wars galaxy with the app and the Droid Trainer.
– Droid-to-Droid Experience // Watch BB-9E interact with other Star Wars App-enabled Droids by Sphero.
– Watch with Me // View films from the Star Wars saga with BB-9E by your side.
– Signature LEDs // BB-9E’s dome is equipped with vibrant LED lights.
This playful robot is full of personality! Cozmo expresses a wide range of real emotions in response to his environment. Anki’s innovative and powerful technology lets Cozmo interact with the world around him and make decisions based on his mood.
From all at www.robotsdirect.co.uk wishing a happy and safe robot Christmas 2017
Keep calm and robot on.