The exhibition is split into 4 main parts - mechanical automata, robots in fiction, creating a robot, and current robot examples. The focus is very much on humanoid robots, but pity not to see more cultural robots (C3PO, Robbie, B9/Lost In Space for example).
I'd certainly read about most of the "current" robots, and even seen a few, but great to see them in all in one place. Pity that they didn't have Kismet (although they had the Kings "copy"), and no space for Aibo (even though there was a robot cat!)
Highlights in image form below:
|Henri Maillardet, the “Draughtsman-Writer”|
Not my photo as I forgot to take one, but in some ways one of the most interesting things there. Brass discs encoded hand movements so that the "boy" could write poems and create drawings - all in 1800!
|The Gemma Chan robot created when they tried a Gold standard Loebner prize/Turing test, not so good close up!|
|iCub - state of the art robot boy|
|NAO - keep looking for an excuse for Daden to buy one!|
|Kaspar - used with kids with ASD|
|A nice functional bot!|
|Zeno - mimics your facial expressions, sort of|
|Pepper - heard a bit about this one|
|Robothespian - manually controlled mainly|
|Kodomoroid - a typical Japanese "real" Android, convincing over Skype possibly|
|Telenoid - gives you hugs when you're on the phone to someone|
|Industrial bot meets 50s SF!|
|Asimo - not doing anything sadly|
|Harry - the trumpet player|
We also took the 15min to see Last Supper by Giles Walker, a very atmospheric piece of 12 robots supposedly debating sin and death and swearing a lot, even if I couldn't work out what it was all about!