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Over the weekend, we took the boys to the Museum of Science and Industry where we had the opportunity to experience a whole lotta awesome; so much so that I will be splitting our visit into a two part series. The boys had such a good time and I’m so happy to have been able to afford them the opportunity. Shout out to our friends at MSI!
Our quest started at the new Robot Revolution exhibit, supported by Google.org. It was truly an enlightening experience, one that can only be had at MSI. It’s a must see for Chicago locals and visitors. Definitely consider adding it to your summertime fun list. Robot Revolution is a timed exhibit and requires an additional ticket for a one of a kind experience. Don’t worry; you’ll have plenty of time to explore the exhibit from start to finish in a less crowded environment.
During our Robot Revolution experience, we were able to interact and play with a cutting-edge world collection of robots that have been rarely shown to the public. When we entered the exhibit, we couldn’t help but stop at the Robot World Cup where three robots went at it for the gold.
The Robot Revolution exhibit is broken down into four areas exploring the following components:
Cooperation – Understanding human behavior will help robots work more effectively with us and with each other.
Smarts – Sense, plan and act: being a smart robot means knowing what to do based on input and experience.
Skills – Learn about the skills robots possess that mimic—and often surpass—human capabilities.
Locomotion – Robots can move in a variety of ways, offering humans access to places we can’t venture ourselves.
I found myself fascinated with the Emy, found in the Cooperation area. Emy uses the facial recognition of a Microsoft Kinect and facial coding software to see, understand, and replicate emotional expressions.
Robotis Mini, found in the Smarts area can be controlled by an Android smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Jayden enjoyed making him dance, do a split, and a handstand.
At the Drone Zone, we listened in on a drone presentation and finalized our tour by building our own robots at the RoboGarage.
We had such a fun time at the Robot Revolution exhibit. The experience took me back to my childhood and my love of all things remote controlled and science projects involving wires, switch panels, bulbs, batteries, and chips. I know exactly what I’ll be getting myself, I mean, the boys for Christmas. ;-)
The Robot Revolution exhibit runs through January 2016. Tickets are $11 for adults and seniors and $9 for children. Member pricing is $6.50 for adults and seniors and $5.50 for children.
The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire the inventive genius in everyone and foster curiosity. Visit MSI on Facebook to learn more about MSI’s groundbreaking exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else and hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist.
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