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Does Brisbane love robots? A crowd of around 22,000 people can't be wrong! Bots of all shapes, sizes and abilities came, saw and conquered QUT's Robotronica 2017 on the weekend, much to the delight of families, tech heads, and the plain curious.
Held in perfect weather at QUT's Gardens Point campus on Sunday, Robotroncia delivered on its promise of a bigger and better event after successful festivals in 2013 and 2015.
Visitors swarmed across all attractions, with some of most popular proving to be public talks on robot intimacy (Professor Ron Arkin), mixed reality (Dr Sara Jane Pell) and robo-cops, and bots battling it out in the RoboWars 2017 Nationals.
Code-a-Bot at The Cube was packed all day, as were other displays and activities throughout the Science and Engineering Centre, including Hospitals of the Future and hands-on Lego robotics for kids.
There were more artistic displays like Robot Panda and Electric Puppet, and some very practical robots that will help up in the near future, like Cartman (the picker and packer Cartesian robot that won the Amazon Robotics Challenge in Japan) and Harvey (the robotic fruit harvester).
Check out the photo gallery below with some of the highlights.
The robot love was also shared widely on social media, with the event trending on Twitter on Sunday.
With more than 100 robots on display at #Robotronica in Brisbane, @suekeay says people can "glimpse into what the future might look like" pic.twitter.com/0imp1rlP4X— ABC News (@abcnews) August 20, 2017
With more than 100 robots on display at #Robotronica in Brisbane, @suekeay says people can "glimpse into what the future might look like" pic.twitter.com/0imp1rlP4X
This chair specifically avoids people because it doesn't want to be sat on, and I empathise quite deeply with this thing #Robotronica pic.twitter.com/pmmJZvfKtL— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) August 20, 2017
This chair specifically avoids people because it doesn't want to be sat on, and I empathise quite deeply with this thing #Robotronica pic.twitter.com/pmmJZvfKtL
#pepper social robot at #qut #robotronica - courtesy of #roboticvision and #AdvanceQld pic.twitter.com/6PhSzhy8Xd— Ian Coombe (@IanCoombe) August 20, 2017
#pepper social robot at #qut #robotronica - courtesy of #roboticvision and #AdvanceQld pic.twitter.com/6PhSzhy8Xd
Making friends at #Robotronica pic.twitter.com/VFG7DRar8r— Rae Johnston (@raejohnston) August 20, 2017
Making friends at #Robotronica pic.twitter.com/VFG7DRar8r
In the robot navy, you'll sail the seven seas...#Robotronica @QUT @QUTMedia @IFE_QUT pic.twitter.com/EiXabhnKDt— Matthew Rimmer (@DrRimmer) August 20, 2017
In the robot navy, you'll sail the seven seas...#Robotronica @QUT @QUTMedia @IFE_QUT pic.twitter.com/EiXabhnKDt
The @RoboticVisionAU #Pepper #robot & #selfdrivingcar #ethics shows huge hit to 1000s @ #Robotronica @QUTmedia @QUTSciEng @SoftBankTeamJPN pic.twitter.com/ZzBvPQDyD0— Michael Milford (@maththrills) August 20, 2017
The @RoboticVisionAU #Pepper #robot & #selfdrivingcar #ethics shows huge hit to 1000s @ #Robotronica @QUTmedia @QUTSciEng @SoftBankTeamJPN pic.twitter.com/ZzBvPQDyD0
Robotronica highlights were also live streamed on Facebook (@QUTBrisbane) throughout the day.
Live from #Robotronica, Dr Sarah Jane Pell and Jaymis Loveday's #mixtedreality keynote. #artistastronaut #visitorvision #cinemaswarm.Posted by QUT (Queensland University of Technology) on Saturday, August 19, 2017
Live from #Robotronica, Dr Sarah Jane Pell and Jaymis Loveday's #mixtedreality keynote. #artistastronaut #visitorvision #cinemaswarm.
Live from #Robotronica, it's the finals of Robowars Australia's National championship. This is our last #Robotronica Facebook Live today - no intros and outros, just brute force.Posted by QUT (Queensland University of Technology) on Saturday, August 19, 2017
Live from #Robotronica, it's the finals of Robowars Australia's National championship. This is our last #Robotronica Facebook Live today - no intros and outros, just brute force.
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Pepper talks to the crowds at Robotronica 2017.