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Running Robots by Dr. Sebastien Cotton, Robotics Unlimited

April 25, 2015

Running Robots was about robots that run -- and walk. Among the famous robots introduced to students at Pensacola's April Science Saturday was Atlas, an award winning robot being developed at IHMC. This was the final event of the Spring 2015 season; it was presented by Dr. Sebastien Cotton, formerly an IHMC research scientist and now CEO of the start-up company Robotics Unlimited.

  • Thank you, Sebastien and Robotics Unlimited, for presenting "Running Robots". We also thank the Kugelman Foundation and the J.H. Baroco Foundation for their very generous donations that continue to make Science Saturdays possible.

  • On this final event of the season, students and IHMC staff said goodbye to three long-term volunteers, Chris Orf, Devin McCormick, and David Webb (from left to right).They are graduating from West Florida High and will all be attending UWF in the fall. Devin and David will study electrical engineering, Chris is undecided about his major. We appreciate their many volunteer hours and wish them well with their futures!

  • These robots are agile enough to run an obstacle course with far less difficulty than blind folded students - and they can go over obstacles without falling over.

  • Students were able to try to command the OutRunner robot themselves, providing commands via remote control.

  • The insides of the robots were examined in detail as part of an open question and answer opportunity.

  • Sebastien and his team showed students the OutRunner robot that they are developing for the toy market. Students were curious to know how soon it would be available!

  • Slow and tiny steps turned out to require the least correction.

  • How about if there are commands or instructions to guide you? Robots have sensors that provide input for their various functions. Students walked the bottle paths with commands provided by others as guidance.

  • Walking a complex path without seeing is even harder. Water bottles were used to mark a course, and students tried to walk the path correctly without knocking any bottles over - with their eyes closed.

  • How do robots get around if they can't see? Students experimented with walking in a straight line with their eyes closed so they could get a feeling for how hard it might be.

  • How do robots walk or run? By putting one foot forward. When they start to lean forward too much, they then put the other foot forward. Students experimented with how this felt.

  • Running Robots was about robots that run -- and walk. Among the famous robots introduced to students at Pensacola's April Science Saturday was Atlas, an award winning robot being developed at IHMC. This was the final event of the Spring 2015 season; it was presented by Dr. Sebastien Cotton, formerly an IHMC research scientist and now CEO of the start-up company Robotics Unlimited.