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Robot Story
The 4th Exhibition Gallery, Life Science Hall
November 24, 2012 – March 3, 2013

Every household will have a robot in the future, just as I predicted that every household will have a computer. ─ Bill Gates


Mazinger Z
Hey, did you see that flash Iron Man, Mazinger Z.
Hey, did you hear that crash Mazinger Z!
He is powerful a giant robot.
He’s a robot; he is our iron man.
He is always by our side, Mazinger Z.
He’s a mechanical man. He is our best friend:
Justice and love and friendship…
Mazinga Mazinger Mazinger Z!

If you are in your 40s, this Mazinger Z theme song must recall your childhood memory. Almost every boy of 1970s was crazy about the Japanese cartoon Mazinger Z broadcasted in the early 1980s. The interactive exhibition “Robot Story” running from November 24, 2012 through March 3, 2013 will be on view at the National Museum of Natural Science. “Robot Story” will guide you to a panoramic view of keeping up with the pace of robots. You will get to know more robots pleasingly, inspire your imagination and creativity, yet, master robots limitlessly.

Robot Story gets cross-century robots from 1920 to 2012 ─ from Maria to Robo Thespian, from tin can toys to humanoid robots, and from imagination to reality. As a matter of fact, the exhibition itself is a combination of things people will be familiar with in films and in real life because almost every adult have grown up with their own robots, such as Frankenstein, the Tin Man from “The Wizard of OZ”, or Murphy in “RoboCop”.


Maria

NAO

Thespian

Murphy

Robot Story features five interactive areas for visitors to explore. “Timeline of Key Events in Robotics History and Resources” leads visitors to see the abundant results in the process of creation of robots through human imagination from 1920 till now, and understand the progression of computer systems that has been instrumental in the progression of robots and robotics. Here visitors will also meet Maria, the first female robot in the film Metropolis, with her classic feature. “AI NAO” reminds visitors of the touching movement between Max and Robot Adam in the film Real Steel. Here visitors will also meet the 58cm-tall lovely and emotional AI robot NAO. Through sci-fi films and robot science videos, “Movie Screen” makes visitors experience the mysteries of science and technology of making dreams come true. After gaining lots of knowledge about robotics, let the modern humanoid robot – “Robo Thespian”, who used to serve as a guide at the US NASA, sing you a love song to express his love to you! Last but not least, with “Science and Technology Experience” visitors can get an idea of how to make a robot become their big helper at home in the future, such as help themselves out for all household chores or accompany their kids to study and learn.


Timeline

“The exhibit is placed in the National Museum of Natural Science because the whole idea of this exhibition is to explore the real science of robotics,” said Dr. Sun Wei-hsin, director of the Museum. “Robotics is a really fertile area, from a science point of view,” Sun said, “I think it gives kids a portal to invite them into that kind of fertile area of science.”

Yes, we already live in the era of robot. Robots are making a difference in our daily lives. Come explore the real science of robotics!


Robot Story was made possible by Universal Impression Co Ltd, and supervised by International Center of Excellence on Intelligent Robotics and Automation Research (iCeiRA). Additional support is generously provided by >Aldebaran Robotics and Taipei Chengshih University of Science & Technology (TPCU).

  • Hours  9am – 5pm; Tuesday – Sunday
  • Admission
      Children 6 and under FREE
      Disabled and 1 Companion w/ID FREE
      Seniors 65+ w/ID NT$125
      Groups 30+ NT$150
      Students w/ID NT$220
      Adults NT$250
      Doubles NT$399
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