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CSE 2015 Robot Show- R2-D2 would be proud!!

A large robot show was hosted at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center on 14th Decemeber, 2015 and as many as 200 students participated in this event. It was a delight to see several students interested in an area that will soon take the "human error" factor out of our daily lingo. It is the largest collection of robots assembled in one place in the Twin Cities and is fun for kids of all ages. The show is free and is open to the public. It is run like an open house, so you can come for any or all of it.

For six weeks, the 210 college students in the introductory design course in Mechanical Engineering designed and built their own robot. Their task was to create a machine which "does something useful". 

http://www.me.umn.edu/robotshow/

Nate designed a small scale version of an industrial food processor that can slice vegetables and fruits and then package them for delivery. 

Sean designed a robotic arm using 5 servo motors that were tugged using strings. It was exciting to see the ways in which he was able to make the wrist and finger joint movements. 

This is a guitar tuner which can sense the frequency of the guitar and then set the strings such that it plays a particular chord that you would want. 

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Matthew built a magnetic lifterbot using permament magnets that can lift heavy materials and transport to a different location. Many of these robots are used in the shipping and cargo industry. 

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This was just a delight to see and "No Health Plan" was just a cherry on the cake. Students could take their robots and get them fixed or charged or add new batteries. The event was very well organized and kids had the time of theor lives watching and tinkering with these robots.