There were so many robots to interact with and enjoy at CES this year. I now think that I may not be able to live my life without a shiny new robot.
Today was Austin Museum Day with free access to several museums across the city. Did you know that the Austin Toy Museum was a thing? I found it over in East Austin on Cesar Chavez Street. It is more of a warehouse than anything else, but they let you wander through and remember some of the toys you had as a kid. Pretty cool! Check it out if you find yourself in downtown Austin.
The Maker Faire is pretty cool. People showing off their talents at making interesting stuff. Bonus points for setting stuff on fire or creating lightning bolts from Tesla Coils. 🙂
One of my most anticipated events at the Artificial Intelligence Open House was to witness the Robocup Soccer Exhibition. One of the teams was from The University of Texas – The Austin Villa Robot Soccer Team. The goal is to “build fully autonomous cooperative multi-robot systems that perform well in dynamic and adversarial environments.” How much fun it was to watch these little guys roam the soccer field, chase the ball down, tumble around and get back up on their own, pass the ball, and score goals. The robots are all a Standard Platform (identical except for programming and jersey color) and “Aldebaran Nao” robots. They receive no programming assistance while on the field, but must find the ball and play soccer on their own. Too much fun!