Museum gets ready for futuristic fun

The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune is getting ready for a robotic invasion when it hosts its fantastic, futuristic Robots Live! event on Sunday (June 19).

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 16th June 2011, 12:03 pm

The event features a variety of robotic entertainment including sporting action from members of Edinferno – The University of Edinburgh’s robot football team who will be warming up at East Fortune ahead of their appearance at the international RoboCup tournament in Turkey in July.

Robots Live! will also see a selection of robots locked in combat as part of a series of Robot Wars sessions held in the shadow of the National Museum of Flight’s Concorde exhibit.

In addition, the Museum will be visited by a giant eight foot walking robot that will patrol the attraction’s grounds during the event. The robot has been created by Millennium FX, a special effects company that has worked on productions ranging from Dr Who and Tomb Raider to The Da Vinci Code and The Mummy.

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One of the world’s most advanced bionic hands from Scottish company Touch Bionics will be on show in the event’s Tech Zone, an area of cutting-edge technology displays and workshops.

There will also be the chance to meet Don-8r, one of the latest innovations in charitable fundraising. Developed by Dundee University student Tim Pryde, the robot relies on coin donations from passers by to keep it moving.

Grant MacKenzie, general manager, National Museum of Flight said: “This is an action-packed family event that provides a great day out and gives an insight into some of the latest scientific developments in the field of robotics, whether for health, entertainment or other industrial uses.”