Major Robotics Exhibit Premieres At Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Interactive exhibit supported by showcases cutting-edge robots from around the world

May 21, 2015, 09:00 ET from Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

CHICAGO, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- They're here … to help improve our lives. On May 21, 2105, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) premieres a new national touring exhibit, Robot Revolution, supported by  

Robot Revolution explores how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. The exhibit allows guests to step into a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but a vital asset. It comes 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 have extraordinary opportunities to interact with robots and be awed by the capabilities of these machines. Yume Robo greets guests at the exhibit entry while climbing a ladder. A Yaskwawa/Motoman dual-arm robot can challenge museum-goers to a game of 21; while Baxter, a robot developed to work alongside humans in factory settings, can play two people in simultaneous games of tic-tac-toe. Guests can also drive the bug-like RHex over uneven terrain; see EMYS mimic their facial expressions with its advanced facial-coding technology; and test out the Festo Bionic Handling Assistant, modeled after an elephant's trunk.

"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."

MSI's Robot Revolution exhibit development team worked with a renowned group of robotics experts to offer insight. This team includes lead advisor Dr. Henrik I. Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics at the College of Computing of Georgia Institute of Technology and executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, as well as Dr. Dennis Hong, professor and founding director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA.

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