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Biomimicry robots

When you think of a robot, what do you imagine? 'Biomimicry' aims to create robots that are more like forms we find in nature - flexible and pliant, which bend rather than break when confronted with an immovable object. What are the benefits of a robot like this?

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Telling robots what to do

If you were programming a robot to play a competitive game of soccer, what are some of the things you would consider? Think about some of the most basic functions of a robot, like walking, stopping and turning, to more complicated functions like recognising objects and reacting to them in a specific way.

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How to fly a tram! - 1.8 tonnes with wings, 2006

This is a video about the flying tram from the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Melbourne. Greg Gowans, production manager, automation, and Chris Younger, lead programmer, technical, talk about their roles in the project. The duration of the video is 1 min 38 sec.

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Problem-solving skills with robotics

This teacher facilitates a lesson where students participate in a robotics lesson. The students are encouraged to solve problems by using data. They record their results in Google Docs which allows them to interrogate the results collaboratively and to further their understandings. The teacher encourages his year 5 and ...

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Officer OzBot reporting for duty!

OzBot is a rugged mobile robot designed to assist the police and military to perform front-line operations. Find out what it looks like, what technologies it uses, and what it does. As well, you will meet the people who invented it. Come on patrol with Officer OzBot.

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Battlefield robots on patrol

With eyesight, skills and a mission, battlefield robots are a bit like real soldiers patrolling a warzone. Find out about how and why some students have built these mobile robots, and where their innovative robot technology might be used in the future.

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Getting ahead in animatronics

Ever wanted to know what an animatronic head is and how it works? Watch this clip about a dedicated young robot designer and his collection of robots. We may one day see his robotic creations in a blockbuster movie!

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Meet the Robot Girls

Have you heard of Robogals? Meet some girl students that are building and programming their own robots. Did you know that women outnumber men at Australian universities but when it comes to courses like engineering, men outnumber women? That's something Robogals is trying to change!

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A passion for robots

Want to make robots but don't know how to start? Meet the Metal Minds Robotics team. These teenagers from Northern Tasmania got into robotics through playing with Lego Mindstorms. Now they've created STEVE the robot and they're competing in national tech challenges.

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Could robots take nearly half our jobs?

Robots can clean your floor, cook your food, build cars or even go to war. Experts say that within 20 years there could be more robots on Earth than people. How many jobs will humans lose to robots in the future?

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Friendly robots

Imagine a robot that can work out how you're feeling and give you advice. Meet Matilda and Jack, robots that use software to recognise human emotion from facial expressions. See how they are being trialled with elderly people. Who knows, one day your best friend might be a robot!

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Sirius about underwater exploration

Robotics can be used to survey both land and the sea floor. Discover how underwater exploration takes place using an unmanned (autonomous) underwater vehicle called Sirius. Find out the advantages of using Sirius to gather a range of information used to build a picture of the sea floor.

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Hotspot spotter wins top robot prize

A team of primary school students demonstrate the national prize-winning robot they invented. They designed this robot to help prevent bushfires by detecting trees in danger of exploding into flames.

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Robot wars!

At the Robotics and Electronics Club of James Cook University, electronics enthusiasts have created robot vehicles to challenge for the smash 'em up drag race title. Witness these robots in action around a circuit, and listen as the club president describes the activity's purpose. Discover some everyday applications of ...

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School robot rescue!

Could you create a robot for a dangerous rescue mission? As part of the Da Vinci Programme at Holy Cross College, students built and programmed their own robot to follow a line through obstacles and rescue a ‘casualty' at a simulated chemical spill.

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Geckos' sticky feet

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk up a wall like a gecko? The scientists in this video have observed and studied the properties of gecko feet to develop products that can help us in our day-to-day lives. Can you think of some other special abilities of some animals that we could study and possibly replicate ...

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What is a joggobot?

Robots have traditionally been used to perform tasks that humans don't want to or cannot do. In recent years, however, robot technology has looked at robots as companions. How do you feel about this? Do you think robots could ever replace human or even animal companionship? Why/why not?

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How to build a Mars rover

Imagine if you were building a robot to help you explore Mars. That's exactly what these engineering students are doing. Watch this video to find out about their design process. How important do you think it is to test and review the final product after it has been built?

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Programming computers

Did you know you have to be very specific when you're programming computers to do something? Watch this video as David from UNSW explains why you have to be so exact when programming computers.

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Imagining other uses for robotics technology

It's cool to program robots to play football, but there are many more useful applications for programming robots to react to what they are seeing. What are some of the examples David McKinnon gives? Can you think of some more examples?