On May 15, 2013, the FUmanoids were part of the second Politican LAN in the Reichstag. Taking our robots Konrad, Grace and Alan (Ada had to stay home), as well as the autonomous model car of the Berlin United – Racing Team and the DARwIn-robot of the Berlin United @home team, we arrived at the Reichstag at 2pm and quickly set up, directly above the plenary hall.
On three monitors we showed videos of our research group‘s projects, namely the mentioned robotic projects as well as a video of our autonomous car (AutoNOMOS Labs). For our robots we brought green carpet along, however in their enthusiasm they did not really stay on it for that long but walked all over the floor. As usual, everybody wanted to see the robots, including Philipp Rösler, vice chancellor and minister of economics and technology was very interested and we talked about robot soccer and cars.
In general there were unfortunately not that many people at the event. Especially during and regrettably after the talks and discussions, not much was going on at the exhibitions. But we used this opportunity to continue with our robots’ training.
Overall, it was a very exciting day. We hope to have raised interest in robotics in the visiting members of parliamant and the press.
By the way, our next public event is only three weeks away. You can see us live in Takustraße 9 during the Long Night of the Sciences (4pm to midnight).
Press reports about the event (in German):
- http://www.golem.de/news/bundestags-lan-roesler-will-spiele-champions-1305-99295.html (incl. video of the keynote, watch out for the robots)