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Monday, June 18, 2007

Robotarium X - the first AI-Zoo

The Robotarium X at Jardim Central, Alverca (Vila Franca de Xira), Portugal, the first zoo in the world dedicated to robots and artificial life. It is latest technology-art project of Leonel Moura, a European artist born in Lisbon, Portugal, who works with AI and robotics.

Robotarium is conceived for a public garden it is constituted by a large glass structure containing 45 robots, most powered by photovoltaic energy and a few plugged to the ceiling or to the ground. The robots are all original, created specifically for the project, representing 14 species classified by distinct behavior strategies and body morphologies. Obstacle avoidance, movement or sunlight detection and interaction with the public are some of the robots skills.

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