Meet the real 'Mobot' – track champ who's simply electric
A SPECIAL exhibition of university research showed off the abilities of robot marathon specialist 'The Mobot'.
The Mobot, who takes his name from Olympic medal winner Mo Farah, demonstrated its athletic prowess at the display on the Hoe as well as taking part on the track at the science and technology showcase.
The event also featured scores of interactive stands devoted to marine science and engineering, biology and chemistry, computing and video games, and psychology.
Visitors were able to 'score goals' using a football simulator that tracks eye movement, fly like a seagull in a video game created by a University student using the Xbox 360's Kinect peripheral, and learn about spider phobias.
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For younger visitors there were also opportunities to ride on a Segway, experience some live pyrotechnics, and stand inside a giant bubble.
The showcase also boasted CSI-style forensic demonstrations; psychology tests and optical illusions; fossil digs, and the chance to try on some deep sea diving equipment.
There were also a host of games and new smart phone apps from the School of Computing and Mathematics, including flight simulators, retro video games running on iPads and a special remote-controlled quadrocopter.
The event was part of the University's 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Mobot, who won the FIRA (Federation of International Robot-soccer Association) Robo World Cup marathon in Bristol last month, was accompanied by 'Usain Volt', who narrowly finished second in the sprint. Both are 30cm tall bipedal robots that autonomously navigate their way around twisting courses.
One of the secrets to their success is their fashion sense – they're the only robo-athletes in the world who wear trainers.
Researcher, Peter Gibbons, said: "The trainers give the robots greater stability and improve their balance. Importantly it also makes them look cool!
"They're hugely popular with the public, and they've become international media stars thanks to the exploits in Bristol – from Vietnam to Venezuela, they've really captured the imagination."