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ROBORAMA: Robot Puppets Perform “Wizard of Oz”

Earlier this year we tweeted a photo of what appeared to be a new exoskeleton for the DARwIn-OP.  As it turns out, the new look was created specifically for a robot puppet play, one of the attractions of ROBORAMA which took place in Italy in late 2011 through January, 2012.  It was all thanks to a unique collaboration between the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) in Pisa and the Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) in Seoul.

“Dorothy’s Adventures”, loosely based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth destroyed by an environmental disaster.  Dr. Oz (played by a human) was forced to escape to the moon, leaving behind his robot creations.  One day, Oz decides Dorothy should return to the planet to search for traces of life, where she meets three robots based on the characters of the original story.  The DARwIn-OPs were outfitted with new heads, body parts, and mobile bases to perform the roles of Dorothy and Tin Man, while Scarecrow was played by a standard DARwIn-OP (a new quadruped was built to play the cowardly Lion).  Together, the robots begin a journey of adventure and friendship.

The 40 minute show included a ballet of Genibos, and a robot drumming the themes from Rocky and Mission Impossible.  The show might continue to go on tour this summer, and has an official YouTube channel and Facebook page.  Don’t miss the video after the break!

[source: ROBORAMA site (IT)] & [Joint Laboratory site (IT)]

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