After paying my $10 parking fee I rolled up to the first
parking attendant explaining that I had a robot to exhibit at
the expo. He waved me forward to the side parking lot. At
that parking lot, I pulled into an empty space, then my
entourage of my wife, daughter, and father-in-law gathered
my robot, my flyers, and then proceeded in.
I quickly made my way to Robotis’ booth which was
more like a circus tent with table after table of exhibits.
Robotis didn’t just have a booth. They had a SET of booths
and a HUGE central tent showing off every product, every
robot, and every technology they owned. There were 10
cute foot-tall bipedal robots on a center table, each robot
on its own LED-lit stage, all dancing in perfect sync to Psy’s
There were groups of people from my own club
helping children assemble robots that looked like huge
mechanical beetles. There were people conducting
“Sumobot” contests. There was a replica of Robotis’ own
DRC competition robot, THORMANG 2 (15th place with
three points) that was strapped to a chair to allow
attendees to snap photos of their loved ones sitting with
this cog-driven DRC competitor.
There was a giant claw balancing a huge metal ball.
There were servo motors of every kind being shown off.
There were even companies that used Robotis’ special
servomotors boasting their creations, including a robotic
device that could feed those who could not feed
themselves. I am assuming it would be for handicapped
adults, although I imagined that it might have been very
helpful for feeding my own child when she was an infant.
To the left of the Robotis tent was SRI International’s
display, complete with two bigger-than-life steel and plastic
humanoid automatons plodding along relentlessly on
treadmills, not missing a step. I watched these stately
sentries for a few minutes, then walked back to again be
mesmerized by the many technologies on display at
After spending way too much time soaking up the
awesomeness of their multitude of robots, I said hello to
my fellow club members of both the Robotics Society of
Southern California and the Riverside Robotics Society. I
then set up my table for the California Institute of Robots
and stood up my life-size robot college mascot, Robot
Betty9. Next, I put flyers announcing the robotics college in
my wife’s and my father-in-law’s hands so they could help
promote the college. I then grabbed my nine year old
The "Super Bowl"
By Thomas Messerschmidt
Photos courtesy of Walter Martinez
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